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Early in the 1992 movie Poison Ivy, Ivy (Drew Barrymore's character) has the following exchange with Darryl Cooper (Tom Skerritt):

Darryl: Where do you live?

Ivy: My aunt gets money for letting me stay there.

Darryl: I get the picture.

What is the picture that Darryl gets? Why is Ivy's aunt paid to let her stay with her?

  • My initial suspicion is that 1) she doesn't want him to know where she lives exactly, and 2) her aunt is willing to overlook her line of work for a fee. Although it's been many years since I've seen it. – Zymus Jan 10 '17 at 20:17
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    Darryl is a wealthy TV executive who pays for his daughter to attend a prep school. Ivy is from the "other side of the tracks", whose aunt receives a welfare check because she is fostering her niece. Ivy attends the same school, we assume through a scholarship of some kind. – CGCampbell Jan 10 '17 at 20:34
  • Help a newbie out here. @CGCampbell's comment is a perfectly legitimate answer. Why is it not an Answer? Even in the comments box, it says "Avoid answering questions in the comments," and yet I see more answers in comments than in the answers. Is it to avoid downvotes? – aryxus Feb 10 '17 at 23:51
  • If I recall correctly, I did this at work and did not have time to source it properly. Then, I forgot about it. Even if I did remember, I'd have probably left it a comment. I don't need the up votes, and a few (or many actually) down votes won't hurt me. I'd have left it for someone who could use the up vote boost to gain abilities, such as comments. – CGCampbell Feb 11 '17 at 0:16
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Darryl is a wealthy TV executive who pays for his daughter to attend a prep school. Ivy is from the "other side of the tracks", whose aunt receives a welfare check because she is fostering her niece. Ivy attends the same school, we assume through a scholarship of some kind.

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