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NO SUCH THING AS A YOUNG REPUBLICAN
on January 9, 2012
From the stage play of the same name, "Butterflies Are Free" is set during the latter years of the hippie movement in San Fransisco (circa 1972). This could be Goldie Hawn's first film since leaving Rowan and Martin's television show "Laugh-In", and she does look that young.
The story is set almost exclusively in an apartment where a young man is living away from home for the first time. He has made a deal with his controlling mother: if he can survive for three months alone, then he will stay away from home, or if not, otherwise. He meets the girl in the apartment next door and they quickly become friends just as she learns that he is totally blind.
The girl is Goldie Hawn and is portrayed as slightly flighty. He sizes her up as someone that is afraid of a serious relationship. Butterflies are free, but serious relationships take time and effort to maintain.
The screen play is excellent and portrays the sensitivity of both the boy/girl relationship and the fact that he is blind. And there is plenty of humor, especially when conservative mother visits and finds Goldie running around in her underwear. Eileen Heckart plays mother and won a best-supporting actor award for the part.
This film is worth a look see.