Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 22, 1995 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 121 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
  • AllMovie Rating
    7
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Share on

A surprise Hollywood hit, this film is based on the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan and centers on four well-to-do African-American women and their relationships with men and one another. All of them are "holding their breath" until the day they can feel comfortable in a committed relationship with a man. Robin (Lela Rochon) is the long-time mistress of Russell (Leon), who keeps reneging on his promise to leave his wife for her. She dumps him to find a man she can have to herself, but her dates with a reliable but unattractive business partner (Wendell Pierce) and a drug addict (Mykelti Williamson) send her back to Russell. Savannah (Whitney Houston) is a successful television producer who also believes that her married lover Kenneth (Dennis Haysbert) will leave his wife. Bernadine (Angela Bassett) is a wealthy woman who abandoned her own career to raise a family. Her husband is now leaving her to marry a white woman. Gloria (Loretta Devine) is a beauty salon owner and single mother raising a teenage son. After years alone, she falls in love with a new neighbor, Marvin (Gregory Hines). The women share their stories over lunches and conversations at Gloria's salon.

Characteristics

Keywords

African-American, beauty-salon, friendship, mistress, single-parent, women, beautician, producer [showbiz]