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Film / Cherry 2000

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A 1987 science-fiction film, directed by Steve De Jarnatt and set in a sorta-postapocalyptic world, in which a yuppie businessman's (David Andrews) sex robot/wife breaks down, and he hires a tough female tracker (Melanie Griffith) to drive him into the desert wasteland called "The Zone" to find her a replacement body.

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  • 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.
  • After the End: The "End" in question being pretty mild (probably no more than a Class 1 on the Apocalypse How scale), since mainstream civilization still persists in areas.
  • Army of Lawyers: Parodied with the night club Treadwell goes to early in the film, where every single "lady of the night" has a lawyer right there on the table to negotiate terms with potential clients.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Desert Punk: The zone is a desert wasteland outside of vaguely cyberpunkish civilization.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Subverted with a scene where a gang of wasteland marauders pushes a captured van off a cliff into a deep pit. The mangled van crunches to earth, the camera lingers, and... nothing happens.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: Cherry 2000 short circuits and breaks after getting wet. Which only begs the question as to why he would have her wash dishes if she wasn't water proof. Possibly justified as her make and model is no longer manufactured and years of wear-and-tear, lack of proper replacement parts and maintenance had led to her no longer being waterproof.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sexbot: The eponymous Cherry 2000 is a sexbot who has, in spite of her artificial personality, captured the heart of Treadwell.
  • Satellite Love Interest: A deliberate example; Cherry's AI is rather limited.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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