Cool and the Crazy
Independent Films, Film Profiles
Cool and the Crazy is a 1994 film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi and starring Jared Leto and Alicia Silverstone as an unhappily married couple in the late 1950s who both lead separate affairs. The film was Ralph Bakshi's first and only feature-length live-action film, being primarily known as a director of animated films, such as Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin and Hey Good Lookin'. Cool and the Crazy first aired on the cable television network Showtime in 1994 as part of the series Rebel Highway.High School sweethearts Michael and Roslyn happily marry during the 1950s, both 18. Things go along smoothly until Roslyn gets pregnant, at age 19. The bills pile up and the two grow apart from each other. Roslyn spends most of the time taking care of their child and hanging out with her best friend, Joannie, who's married to a guy named Bobby. Joannie's been cheating on her husband with a man named Frankie. Roslyn is introduced to Frankie's friend, Joey, a bad boy who's also married. Immediately, Roslyn begins an affair with Joey. At first Michael doesn't suspect anything, but when the two girl friends go out at night and come back later and later, it dawns on him that they are both having affairs. Michael works at a design company with Lorraine, who's into the The Beat and jazz scenes. One night, he goes out to have an affair with her. The next morning, however, his uptight attitudes causes him to back out of the affair when he learns that he's not her only lover. Eventually Lorraine leaves to go to New York. At the same time, Roslyn's trying to break off her affair with Joey, but he won't give up that easily. Varied events soon escalate in violence. Joey kidnaps Roslyn, and Michael goes after them, and takes his wife back from him. Michael and Roslyn go their separate ways, and Michael hits the road.
Year of Production: N/A
Country: United States
- Ralph Bakshi
- Lou Arkoff, Debra Hill, Willie Kutner
- Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Flint, Jared Leto, Alicia Silverstone