The Cool and the Crazy is a lowbudget exploitation item but it has the irritating itch of reality about it. In some good scenes viewer gets feeling that these are real kids with terribly real problems, despite the fact that the story of teenage exposure to narcotics has been covered before.
Scott Marlowe plays the highschool student who drifts into pushing marijuana through his own use of the weed. He gets his classmates, (Dick Bakalyan, Dick Jones, Robert Hadden and Kenneth Plumb) to try the stuff and almost gets them hooked, except for Bakalyan, who resists. Gigi Perreau is the nice young girl in school, whose good influence helps Bakalyan stay away from the marijuana and prevent his involvement in violence and killing that eventually entraps the rest.
Richard C. Sarafian’s screenplay is often very adept at recreating the kind of language with which the young communicate – or fail to. Harry Birch’s photography has a good documentary quality about it and Raoul Kraushaar’s music simulates the unreality that the story’s characters operate in.