Ralph Bakshi’s first and only live-action feature film is this fast and flashy low-budget quickie produced for the ’90s Showtime series, Rebel Highway. Jared Leto and Alicia Silverstone play ’50s high school sweethearts who get married right after graduation; things are all wine and roses until about a year later when she gets pregnant, the bills start piling up and they both embark on separate and rather bizarre adulterous affairs. Bakshi brings the same startling visual style and wild energy of his animated films (particularly Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic) to Cool and the Crazy, going for outlandish color schemes and strange camera angles that make this “real-life” adventure a groovy one-of-a-kind experience, with both Leto and Silverstone obviously having a blast in getting to play in such a, well, cartoonish world. The director started developing this project in the late ’60s under the title If I Catch Her, I’ll Kill Her and continued to try to get it made through the ’70s and ’80s, though apparently every studio Bakshi approached thought a script about a woman having such a “cool” and “crazy” affair was too hot to handle.
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