VIDEO: Cherry 2000 (1987)

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On Good Bad Flicks, your host Cecil Trachenburg brings you rare movies, forgotten classics, and misunderstood box office bombs!

This episode, it’s Cherry 2000, a 1987 sci-fi action flick about a man who breaks his robot wife, and hires a redheaded Melanie Griffith to head into the desert wastelands to find him an exact duplicate. If you think the synopsis sounds ridiculous, wait until you actually see it.

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  • Monterey Jack

    Wow, I didn’t realize that “ass girl” from The Social Network was Melanie Griffith’s kid.

    I’ve never seen this film, but Basil Poledouris’ score has been a favorite on CD for years.

    • Mike

      I didn’t even know Griffith had a kid…..but she sure is fine…:)

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        I agree, she is lovely. I only found out about her a few years ago myself. Thankfully she inherited her mother’s build and not her squeaky voice.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      She was cute so I checked her out on the IMDB and was surprised to find out who she was.

      Poledouris really should be recognized more. His pounding scores elevated some movies to a new level.

  • John

    Cecil, i like the review but u tend to narrate the hole movie.
    Johnson does something *next scene* Johnson dose something *next scene* Johnson dose something
    the best parts of the review are the behind the scene stuff and the info of some scenes

    By the way, is that a cat in a 5 gallon water bottle?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Glad you liked the behind the scenes stuff.

      Good eye! Yes, that was a cat in the water bottle. The bottom was cut out and they put it over the kitty for the scene. The cat was not in any harm. (which is huge to me because I love cats)

  • Cristiona

    Yeah, when I think “sexbot”, I totally think of Gort.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      hahaha exactly

      I guess times were tough after The Day the Earth Stood Still.

  • Sunrise089

    Great review, this is probably my favorite Agony Booth video series. It seems to run a little short and a little thin on jokes at times, but that’s better than forcing things or mugging for the camera.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Olaf_the_Lofty

    I have actually seen this film, and the crane scene is even stupider than the video makes it look. When the car is hanging from the crane, Melanie Griffith shoots the driver. He slumps forward and lands on a lever that makes the crane slew round. Once it’s gone as far as it can go it bumps to a stop, and the bump makes the driver slump sideways and land on another lever that makes the crane let the car down.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      That sequence gets dumber every time I watch it. It’s one of those things where I can’t believe no one on set questioned it. I’m all for suspension of disbelief but that went off the charts.

  • Olaf_the_Lofty

    got posted before I was quite finished. Also, I didn’t know Mel.Grif. had a daughter who is an actress. This makes three generations: if you didn’t already know, Mel.Grif’s mother is Tippi “The Birds” Hedren.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Yep, she’s from an every growing family of actresses. I’m curious to see how her daughter’s career turns out.

  • Crazy Fish

    Let me start with what I liked. You did have a lot of really funny lines (“This kitchen looks like it was designed by Apple.”) and overall I enjoyed the video.

    Now the bad, and let me make sure I mention that this in no way detracts from the enjoyment of the rest of the video. You have a nasty habit of going into a play-by-play mode. You know, “Lester does this. Sam does that.” where you just say what’s happening without anything interesting or witty. This video is not nearly as bad about it as the Dante’s Peak video was, but it still does it quite a bit and it’s, frankly, really boring to listen to.

    That said, if there was just less of that then the videos would be fantastic.

  • Misinformed

    Good on you for covering this movie.  “Miracle Mile” is my favorite of this director’s two films, but I like this one too.  The “auteur” theory of film wherein directors get all the credit for movies is still going strong, which is why it didn’t surprise me that you discussed the other credits of the director and the soundtrack composer but didn’t mention the person who actually wrote the movie, Michael Almereyda, who went on to write and direct many other good films.  Not criticizing you for not mentioning him as this seems to be standard for discussion of movies for decades now.  People usually leave out discussing the person who actually created the entire structure and characters and events of the film — the screenwriter — but that is the way it goes!