Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

DVD - 1999
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A portrait of four African-American women who learn to depend on each other while waiting for that one good man who will take their breath away.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1999
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 WAI NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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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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