Cherry 2000

Starring: Melanie Griffith, David Andrews and Ben Johnson
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: 15
Available 11 April 2005

The year is 2017 and successful businessman Sam Treadwell finds that his android wife, Cherry model 2000 has blown a fuse. Treadwell hires sexy renegade tracker E. Johnson to find her exact duplicate. But as their journey to replace his perfect mate leads them into the treacherous and lawless region of The Zone, Treadwell learns the hard way that the perfect woman is made not of computer chips and diodes, but of real flesh and blood...

Cherry 2000 from 1987 is a b-movie that has acquired cult movie status over the years. I have to admit that I hadn't previously seen this film, and the very dated looking cover sleeve didn't look promising.

It was something of a surprise to discover that Cherry 2000 is actually a pretty well paced, acted and produced movie. Melanie Griffith stars as the sexy, no nonsense tracker E. Johnson who takes up the challenge of heading out into the wastelands in order to track down a replacement chassis of an old model of robot that long went out of production - the Cherry 2000.

In a world where sexual intercourse between humans is a complicated and expensive affair, most - who can afford it - prefer to buy robots that perform the role of a loving partner. However, it would seem that the Cherry 2000 is nothing more than a beautiful, sycophantic, childlike machine that fulfils every wish of its owner.

There are plenty of subtle gags and twists on this movie's take on the future. Sexual relationships are mainly conducted through special clubs where individuals show off their previous conquests on holographic displays to potential mates. Once both adults are up for progressing this relationship further lawyers are brought in and a contract is hammered out that specifies exactly what can and can't be performed and over how long a period of time.

The attention to detail is also impressive and there are some pretty fantastic looking sets. I loved the "Last Chance Brothel and Gas" stop.

Don't let the cover fool you. This is a very entertaining romp.

Nick Smithson

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