Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

DVD - 2011
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"This story based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their very lives. Friendship becomes the strongest bond between these women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles the modern women face in today's world.--Written by David Adrine"-- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114885/ (as viewed on June 5, 2012.
The story of four African-American women who journey through a modern labyrinth of husbands and lovers, jobs and makeovers.


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Mar 02, 2017

It is noted as a phenomenon and a pioneer in film for its all-African American all-star ensemble cast. It's about four women in Phoenix, Arizona, dealing with love in vastly different ways. Whitney Houston plays Savannah, a TV producer and the patient mistress of a man who claims he plans to leave his wife. Angela Bassett is Bernie, a former careerwoman-turned-housewife who raises her children and supports her husband, only to find him leaving her for a Caucasian co-worker. Loretta Devine is Gloria, a single mother and beautician who holds onto the hope of getting back together with her ex-husband until a kind and charismatic neighbour moves in and sparks her interest. Lela Rochon is Robin, a powerful exec who continues to sleep with a married man on and off, hoping to find someone solely for her while finding it hard to let go of the sexual simplicity of her mistressdom. The film started to run long and it feels like it's meant for someone dealing with relationship trouble. Instead of being uplifting, I felt quite depressed. It's unevenly written escapism meant for women who don't have their act together, missing that perfect car or home or job or relationship, but it didn't ignite the right emotional cues for me. (I hate to say it, but perhaps I'm the wrong ethnicity to enjoy this film; perhaps it is something that would speak to those who are more influenced by Afro-centric culture. However, I suspect this isn't the case and the film probably feels similarly uneven for all audiences, but I figured I'd suggest the possibility, considering the target audience to whom this film was marketed.) Even if you have a tablespoon in your tub of ice cream, don't hold your breath for WAITING TO EXHALE.


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