I have often seen Cherry 2000 lumped in with the spate of post-apocalyptic films that sprang up like mushrooms in the shadow of The Road Warrior (1982). Now that I've finally seen this oddity it turns out not to take place in a nuclear devastated future but one that is a simple extension of the prevailing trends of its times. That is something I can enjoy and respect when the story being told is engaging enough, so the question becomes just how well constructed is Cherry 2000. That is a complicated question.
Scattered along this journey are a number of great character actors doing their best to sell this tale and often enough they manage the task. Tim Thomerson is a joy to watch in anything as he chews up the script and spits out some brilliant lines that, at times, seem like in-character adlibs. Nobody does frustrated confidence better and Thomerson really shines as the man with a supply of Cherry 2000 robots but no desire to relinquish even one. Legendary gruff but lovable Ben Johnson, best known as a regular face in classic westerns, here plays a character with a connection to Griffith's that allows him to add some tender moments as the romance unfolds. Adding to the old west feel is a short performance from another western regular Harry Carey, Jr. but he is given little to do. Add in an even smaller part from the great Brion James and a blink-and-you-miss-him appearance from Laurence Fishburn (as a date broker in a bar!) and you have enough onscreen to keep a cinefile interested. Cherry 2000 isn't a great movie but it is pretty good, well paced and definitely a fun diversion for fans of science fiction cinema.