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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Whitney Houston , Angela Bassett , Forest Whitaker  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Gregory Hines
  • Directors: Forest Whitaker
  • Writers: Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
  • Producers: Caron K, Deborah Schindler, Ezra Swerdlow, Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Waiting to Exhale" on IMDb

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Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett star in this funny and touching film about four women who find strength through their rare and special relationship. Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria are all searching for the Real Thing: true love. Bernadine thought she had it, until her husband left her for another woman. Savannah and Robin are successful in business but their love lives are bankrupt. And divorcee Gloria is getting back in the game by flirting with her new, very eligible neighbor. Based on Terry McMillan's best-selling novel, and featuring the #1 smash hit "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," "Waiting to Exhale" is the film you and your friends have been waiting for! Original score by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A HUMAN STORY September 13, 2001
By EriKa
Format:DVD
The first time I saw this film, several years ago, I was really annoyed by it. I wondered how I could relate to this film about adult, black women? I was a white teenage girl in the suburbs. Seeing Angela Bassett's character fight with her husband about his declaration of loving another woman, I did not have a clue how to relate to it. Not only had I never experienced any kind of mature, adult relationship, the racial issues that arise in their argument were completely foreign to me. The husband tells Bassett that he is in love with his secretary and is leaving Bassett for the secretary. Bassett angrily asks, "Is she white?" The husband asks, "Why? Would it be better if she were black?" Bassett retorts, "No, but it would be better if you were." However, when I saw it again when I got older, I found that the film was warm, funny, vengeful, true to life and universal. I guess this is the trick of making a film that features an almost all black cast. People who are not black might not see it because they feel like they are watching something outside their own experience, and yes, in many ways, like it or not, they are. However, the stories told here transgress a solely "black" experience and become a universally female experience. And even a human one. We all experience pain, loss, insecurity, self-doubt, and we turn to our friends to get through those times. Sometimes, as in the film, our friends lead totally different lifestyles from the ones we lead. The film actually portrays these women in a way that breaks stereotypes and focuses on how real people might deal with their real feelings. Or in the case of Angela Bassett setting her soon-to-be-ex-husband's car on fire in the driveway, well, maybe none of us would really do that, but I am sure we have all felt like it. Overall this was a well-acted, well-done film with universal themes.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film But Some Content is Diconcerning September 20, 2004
Format:DVD
I have mixed feelings about this film.This is a great film with a very strong performance by Angela Bassett. This is a very funny film also. The humor keeps it flowing. I do feel, however, that the story focuses too much on these women "getting some" and that relationships overrule everything but work. The best part of the story is Angela Bassett's character. I also think that the men in this film deliver good performances. The focus of the film is also the friendship between these women.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. September 29, 2002
Format:DVD
Depending on who you are, Terry McMillan's 1992 novel "Waiting to Exhale" is either a blessing or a dreaded curse. McMillan's third novel about four African American women struggling to attain stability, identity, and normalcy in Phoenix was praised in some circles for giving contemporary Black women a much-needed voice. But in other circles, mostly male, "Waiting to Exhale" was ripped to shreds as a spiteful and ungrounded damnation of Black men as philanderers, deadbeats, and no-good-dooers. It also made McMillan the biggest literary target of criticsm since Alice Walker unleashed her novel "the Color Purple." But whatever your take on the book is, the film adaptation won't likely change your stance, as it stays overall faithful to the book. Director Forest Whitaker does a respectable job bringing to life these characters: Savannah (Whitney Houston) is the buppie still in search for Mr. Right; Bernadine (Angela Bassett) just got dumped by her husband of 11 years for a white woman; Robin (Lela Rochon) is the ditzy bimbo still trying to shake off her no-good ex, and Gloria (Loretta Devine) is the full-figured owner of a successful hair salon. The best performances, hands down, are Bassett and Devine, who make the best impressions, and they help keep the film moving at a good pace. The script, co-written by McMillan, is crisp with enough funny one-liners and a story compelling enough to keep the viewer interested. But there are flaws. Whitney Houston struggles in her role as Savannah; her performance is wooden and forced, and when paired against a seasoned pro like Bassett, she flat out crumbles. A more relaxed approach to the material would have helped. Also, memo to Black filmmakers: drop the swishy gay hairdresser stereotype! Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding! March 9, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As a female, I enjoy watching what men call Chick Flicks but never watched them more than I had to. I enjoy horror movies, suspense, actions...

Watching Waiting to Exhale when I was a bit younger, I did not totally understand the concept of their struggles, often wondering why it is that the one girl would repeatedly put herself through a man that obviously did not really want anything to do with her but for sex only to hook up with a man that she obviously is not attracted to just for him to treat her coldly in the workplace. I could not understand why Bernie would burn some of her husband's belongings even the car then have garage sale with the rest, I could not understand why Gloria was hung on her very gay son's father hoping he would come back to her, I could not understand why Savannah would not hook up with the hunky fine chocolate brother... I could not understand why most of the things happened, but going through life itself, having children and friends I now do understand, which is why I decided to purchase this movie for my collections. Because inside of every female, there is a Savannah, Bernie, Robin and a Gloria.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my show
this movie is based on everyday encounters women have, and i think the moral of this story would be to model the conclusion of all these women; that better outcomes comes with... Read more
Published 9 days ago by millie
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great talent gone way too soon
RIP Ms. Houston. Such a great talent gone way too soon. All of the other ladies of this movie are outstanding women and made this movie come to life. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Faith L. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie!
Great movie. Reason I ordered it to have in my collection. Wanted it in DVD.Everyone knows about it. Came out several years ago.
Published 1 month ago by Ruth Gaylord
4.0 out of 5 stars happy
i love this idea every one wants to know where i got the collar necklace love it love love love this
Published 1 month ago by rachel brundidge
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
One of my favorite movies. Great actresses showing strength and great women unity. Friends for a lifetime. Can be relatable
Published 1 month ago by Clara
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic movies
Classic movies. I love all these movies. Must have. The shipping did not take long and the process was very easy.
Published 1 month ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars its a tale of adeptation and evolution....and is so much more then an...
i first saw this when i was young and always thought how beautiful these women were even when they were hurt and that this film showed black women not just learning and moving on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs.R
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie. It is base on real life, the ups and down of realtionships. Very good movie! The actresses were perfect.
Published 2 months ago by linda frustaci
2.0 out of 5 stars Despicable people looking for love…
Maybe the source material was never going to produce anything of value, or maybe this is all Forest Whitaker’s fault, but this movie is pretty much AWFUL. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I have loved this move for years was so happy to see this on the list I will enjoy a girls night
Published 2 months ago by Brenda MarshallWright
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