Cherry 2000

(1987, Directed by Steve De Jarnatt)
Cherry 2000

Starring Melanie Griffith, David Andrews, and Laurence Fishburne. 93 min.

A quarter century before a man fell in love with an artificial woman in Spike Jonze’s Her, Melanie Griffith starred as a bounty hunter hired to find a replacement for a man’s beloved Cherry 2000 model android. Although this campy B-movie is almost forgotten by all but the most devoted fans of cult science fiction flicks, it raises complex questions about gender roles, sexual commodification, and emotional intimacy between men and women.

Part of the 2014–2015 film series at the Schlesinger Library. Admission is free and open to the public.