Friday, May 18, 2012

Fan of Friday: Week of 5/18/2012

Have you ever seen the movie "Cherry 2000"? Have you ever even heard of the movie "Cherry 2000"? Probably not, but you should have because it's awesome.

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I'll be honest, it's a terrible movie. A terrible, terrible movie. But at the same time, it has to be the definition of campy. Post-apocalyptic future? Check. Robots and crazy technology that will never exist? Check. 80's futuristic fashion? Check. Car chases through desert? Check.

The first time I saw it, it was on accident. The movie I was watching on one of those high numbered digital channels ended (like 11-2 or something) and being too lazy to change the channel on a Saturday afternoon, I caught the first 15 minutes before having to leave. Luckily for me and the rest of humanity, they replayed it the next weekend. Yay!

Here's a basic breakdown. It's about this rich guy who accidentally breaks his robot wife. To find the replacement parts for her, he hires a bounty hunter to take him through the wasteland desert outlaw country to a rumored robot warehouse.

Oops! Broke my robot wife
For some star power, the bounty hunter was played by Melanie Griffith, who would skyrocket a couple of years later in the movie "Working Girl".

Random fact: the movie was supposed to be released in the summer of 1986, then postponed until spring 1987, then fall 1987, then finally ultimately being released direct to VHS in fall 1988. Because of the shifting of the schedule, the soundtrack became a collectors item as only 1500 were sold when it was released in 1986, without the movie itself being released. 

So, if you're one of those hip people with a DVR or Netflix, search it out. You will not be disappointed.

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