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A 1987 Science Fiction film, directed by Steve De Jarnatt and set in the sorta-post-apocalyptic world of 2017, in which yuppie businessman Treadwell, (David Andrews) has his sex robot/wife, Cherry 2000, break down, and he hires a tough female tracker as in a tracker that's female, E. Johnson, (Melanie Griffith) to drive him into the desert wasteland called "The Zone" to find her a replacement body.

Provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: E. Johnson, female bounty hunter.
  • Advanced Tech 2000: Futuristic robot girl Cherry 2000. Justified in this case, as the number is her model year.
  • Affably Evil: Lester is the most laid-back Scavenger World war-lord ever. Before leading a charge to try to kill the heroes, he announces to his minions, "Remember, gentlemen: Life's an adventure!"
  • After the End: The "End" in question being pretty mild, since mainstream civilization still persists in areas.
  • Army of Lawyers: Parodied with the night club Treadwell goes to early in the film, where people bring lawyers right to their table to draw legal documents for their one night stands.
  • Bad Guy Bar: Treadwell visits one in Glory Hole to try to recruit a tracker. The skuzzy denizens laugh when he tells them he's from Anaheim. He's mugged soon after but escapes.
  • Be Yourself: Invoked by the villain to the hero. Treadwell takes it to heart, deciding that Johnson is a better catch than the new Cherry.
  • Big Bad: Lester, the war-lord and major human obstacle to move through the Zones.
  • Cassette Futurism: As could be expected of a sci-fi film made in The '80s, there is a lot of neon and big computers on the civilized parts of the world... and the uncivilized parts of the world.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Ginger, Lester's main girl and recent cult convert, doesn't seem to live in the real world.
  • Cool Car: E's orange custom 1965 Ford Mustang notchback coupe fitted with off-road tires (Yokohama Super Diggers), raised suspension, grille guard with winch and loaded with equipment. Also Lester's blue Jeep CJ-7.
  • Cyberpunk: The civilized world has clear shades of this. There are human-like sex robots, a mix of technology and old-west, there are restricted "Zones" such as Zone 7 that are controlled by gangs such as Lester's and Trackers that make a living by going into Zones to salvage goods that aren't readily available.
  • Desert Punk: The zone is a desert wasteland (the Nevada Desert, being specific - a major action sequence happens on the ruins of Hoover Dam) outside of vaguely cyberpunkish civilization.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Cherry waits on Treadwell hand and foot, but her personality has some obvious holes. Her idea of good conversation is to state that a range of products were invented by Americans, and when Treadwell asks her for details, she stares at him blankly and changes the subject.
  • Good Old Robot: Cherry 2000 is an advanced but long out-of-production model, but Treadwell refuses to replace her with something more recent, even though the alternative is a dangerous trek out into the Zone.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: E becomes jealous of Treadwell's continuing devotion to Cherry, to the point that she hides her memory chip so that he believes that it's lost.
  • Heart Drive: Robots have their personality stored in a memory chip that can be removed and reinserted in another robot body of the same type if the original body is damaged.
  • Kick the Dog: Lester kills Skeet to show that he's a murderous psycho.
  • Make an Example of Them: It's implied that Lester executing Skeet and his intolerance of lying is actually directed at Sam, who also lies to him but doesn't call him out on it since he wants Sam to join his ranks.
    Ginger: I told him to stay, Les. I explained everything and I encouraged him to stay.
  • May–December Romance: Snappy Tom is an old man, while his girl Randa is in her early 20s.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: Even after she's told Lester where his enemies are, Lester kills Randa for commenting on his bee stings.
    Lester: You've got to work on your personality.
  • New Old West: Glory Hole, on the outskirts of society, has become very reminiscent of the Old West. This is most evident at the saloon. The massive deflation of currency also brings prices in line with what they'd be in the Old West.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: Cherry 2000 short circuits and breaks after getting wet.
  • Precision F-Strike: Used once in the entire film.
    Sam Treadwell: You lied to me. You say a lot of things about Cherry; but, she never lied.
    E. Johnson: Yeah? Well, I'm not a fucking machine!
  • Ridiculous Future Inflation: Inverted, with massive deflation instead. For example, mixed drinks in a bar cost 25 cents, and a hotel room costs $1.50. You can see that Treadwell's wallet is filled with ones. This makes E's fee of $500 actually pretty hefty.
  • Road Trip Romance: That's technically a spoiler, but.. c'mon.
  • Robotic Spouse: Treadwell essentially treats Cherry as such; he loves her very much. Given that the alternative is needing a lawyer to draw up an agreement for a one-night-stand, it's understandable. This does change when Sam meet's E. Johnson, who more than holds her own.
  • Robo Sexual: Treadwell is in love with his sexbot Cherry 2000
  • Samus Is a Girl: E. Johnson turns out to be a woman, which surprises Treadwell.
  • Satellite Love Interest: A deliberate example; Cherry's AI is rather limited.
  • Sexbot: The eponymous Cherry 2000 is a sexbot who has, in spite of her artificial personality, captured the heart of Treadwell.
  • Stealth Pun: When Johnson says she's not a fucking machine.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Action Girl E. Johnson and Robot Girl Cherry 2000, though they don't have enough shared screen time to count as a full version of the trope.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Lester finds out that Skeet lies about who and what he is doing in Zone 7, he doesn't raise his voice and remains jovial. But his words and subsequent actions show otherwise. His tranquil fury gets even more pronounced when he goes after Sam.
    Lester: We have a policy against trackers in these parts. And I can never tolerate lying in any form.
  • Used Future: While certain circles of society, including Anaheim, look futuristic and affluent, society and technology are clearly breaking down. Society is desperately in need of recycling, having apparently run out of resources. Technology also isn't what it used to be: Cherry's model is 17 years old, but modern sexbots are not as advanced as her. In the wasteland, society has devolved into a lawless New Old West.
  • Walk into Mordor: The ridiculous checkpoints in the Forbidden Zone that Trackers routinely manage to sneak through. There's only one way to enter Zone 7, really: get picked up by the crazed desert militia's magnetic wrecking crane, get carried over the remains of the Hoover Dam and get deposited over the spillway; then shoot your captors while suspended in midair, deactivate the wrecking crane and safely land in the spillway, cut your car loose from the flimsy rope... This is apparently the "usual way" to get in.