An elderly woman named Gothel witnesses a single drop of pure sunlight hit the ground, creating a magical flower with the ability to heal the sick and injured. She uses it to keep herself young by singing to it. Years later, the queen of a nearby kingdom falls ill while expecting a child. Her guards, searching for a cure, find the mysterious flower. They make a broth out of the flower, which heals the queen and she gives birth to a girl named Rapunzel. Gothel learns that Rapunzel’s golden hair retains the flower’s healing abilities, but if it is cut, it turns brown and loses its magic power. Gothel kidnaps the child and isolates her in a tower, raising the girl as her own daughter. However, every year on Rapunzel’s birthday, the kingdom sends thousands of floating lanterns into the sky longing for their lost princess to return.
Eighteen years later, Rapunzel lives in the tower with her pet chameleon, Pascal. While happy to be safe in her tower, she yearns to see the outside world. Rapunzel asks Gothel to let her see the floating lights on her birthday, but Gothel denies her request, saying the world is full of people who would covet her abilities for themselves. Meanwhile, thieves led by Flynn Rider, steal the tiara of the missing princess from the castle. Flynn abandons his accomplices and stumbles upon Rapunzel’s tower, choosing it as a hideout. During the chase, the lead guard’s horse, Maximus, is separated from his rider and continues the search for Flynn on his own. Once inside the tower, Flynn is knocked unconscious by Rapunzel, who then imprisons him in her wardrobe and hides the tiara.
Rapunzel plans to tell Gothel about Flynn, but after returning to the conversation they had earlier, Gothel is furious and screams at her that she will never leave the tower. Realizing that Gothel will never let her go, she instead asks for special paint that will take three days to get. Gothel hesitates at first because it will be a long journey, but finally agrees when Rapunzel promises never to ask about leaving the tower again. After she leaves, Rapunzel makes a deal with Flynn — if he escorts her to the lights and back, she will return the tiara. While Rapunzel is excited to be free, she is soon conflicted between her freedom and her guilty conscience. As the royal guards continue their search, Gothel encounters Maximus and becomes anxious, realizing the horse’s rider could be nearby. She returns to the tower and finds Rapunzel gone, but discovers Flynn’s satchel with the tiara and a wanted poster of Flynn. Believing that Flynn has kidnapped Rapunzel, she grabs her knife and sets out after them.
While traveling, the two visit the Snuggly Duckling Tavern, which appears to be full of thugs like Gothel warned Rapunzel about, but they each have their own dreams, just as Rapunzel does. Gothel watches them through a window and overhears Rapunzel saying how glad she is she left the tower. Guards arrive but the tavern regulars help the pair escape. They eventually corner Flynn, however, at a man-made dam, which Maximus inadvertently causes to collapse. Trapped in a flooding cave Flynn cuts his hand while unsuccessfully trying to save them. Thinking they are going to die, Flynn tells her that someone should know that his real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel then reveals her powers to Flynn, making her hair glow and allowing them to escape safely. Later around a campfire, Rapunzel heals Flynn’s cut and Flynn reveals his reason for being a thief. They look into each others eyes and begin to fall in love. Flynn leaves to gather more firewood, but while he’s gone, Gothel secretly meets with Rapunzel, who confesses that she has feelings for Flynn. Gothel tells Rapunzel that Flynn is only after the tiara, claiming that he will leave once he has it. She gives the tiara to Rapunzel and tells her to go put Flynn to the test.
The next morning, Maximus confronts Flynn again, but Rapunzel befriends the horse and the group travel together to the royal kingdom. That night, Rapunzel tells Flynn that she is afraid that her dream may not be as great as she expected. Flynn gently tells her it will be fine. The lanterns rise and then Flynn gives Rapunzel a lantern and in return she gives him his satchel. He looks into her eyes and, pushing the satchel aside, tells Rapunzel he no longer wants it. Flynn attempts to kiss Rapunzel, but spies his former accomplices. Flynn leaves to give them the tiara, but the pair are now working with Gothel. They make it appear that Flynn is escaping with the tiara by knocking him unconscious, tying him up and sailing him across the lake. Then they attempt to kidnap Rapunzel, aware of her healing powers. Gothel, betraying the thieves, “rescues” the heartbroken Rapunzel and takes her back to the tower. Meanwhile, Flynn awakens and realizes Rapunzel is in trouble, but is tied up in the boat by guards, so he tries to call out to her. Flynn is sentenced to be hung for his crimes and learns of the treachery from the now-captured henchmen. Maximus rallies the thugs from The Snuggly Duckling, who rescue Flynn and deliver him to Maximus. Flynn then sets off to save Rapunzel.
Meanwhile, Rapunzel realizes that she is actually the long-lost princess, and confronts Gothel with the revelation, saying she will never let her use her hair again. Flynn reaches the tower, but upon entering, he sees Rapunzel bound and gagged and is stabbed by Gothel. Rapunzel tries to get to Flynn but it’s no use, so she pledges to remain with Gothel forever if she can heal Flynn’s wounds. Gothel agrees, but Flynn tells her he would rather die than see her as Gothel’s prisoner. Before Rapunzel can heal him, he cuts her hair, making it turn brown and destroying its healing power. Gothel screams in horror as her true age begins to catch up to her, and as she writhes, she trips on Rapunzel’s hair and falls out of the tower window, turning to dust before she hits the ground. Flynn and Rapunzel reveal their love for each other, but then Flynn dies from his wounds. Heartbroken, she cries as she sings her hair’s healing song to him. A glowing, magic tear lands on Flynn’s cheek, which mends his wound and restores him to life. Overjoyed, they share their first kiss. Flynn, Rapunzel, Pascal and Maximus return to the castle, where the royal family is reunited at last. After a celebration for Rapunzel’s return, Flynn and Rapunzel are married and live happily ever after. The pub thugs fulfill their individual aspirations and Maximus becomes a respected official on the Royal Guard.
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