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A free spirit (Goldie Hawn) helps a timid and intelligent young blind man (Edward Albert) break away from his overprotective mother (Eileen Heckart). Though initially resenting the girl's intrusion into her son's life (which includes a few lessons in sex), Heckart, whose performance won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® finally realizes that her son needs to become self-reliant.
A film I could watch over and over again
I first saw this film many years ago, and I've watched it quite a few times since. It is the story of a blind man who is coming into his own as an independent adult, aided by his beautiful, free-spirited neighbor (a young, energetic Goldie Hawn), who also manages to teach his over-protective mother a thing or two as well. The story is entertaining, but it is the actors' performances that I remember even more. Edward Albert and Goldie Hawn have great chemistry together, and though film definitely shows its early 70s roots, it's just as entertaining to watch today as it was decades ago, and not many films even now have the same sort of energy, passion, and originality as "Butterflies are Free".
I stumbled on this movie by accident and I have to say I love it. Butterflies are free;)
This movie is more than just a romantic comedy. I first saw it when I was a teenager, and now as an old guy, I see it from an entirely different perspective.
I wish I could explain how well this movie portrays the fears of parents who are letting their children leave the nest, and how well it portrays the exuberance and foolishness of the young.
The three lead characters each steal the show, but do so without stepping on each other.
Goldie Hawn's best movie.