Whether you see love as something magical and life-affirming, or a simple chemical reaction in the brain, it’s something that most people want, and in this drama, it’s the central theme of conversation (and shared desire) for friends Savannah (Whitney Houston), Bernadine (Angela Bassett), Gloria (Loretta Devine), and Robin (Lela Rochon).
Savannah and Robin, a successful television producer and high-powered executive, respectively, are unlucky in love as they both deal with married lovers, Gloria is still pining for the ex-husband who walked out of the closet and out on their marriage years ago, and Bernadine, who put her dreams on the back burner to support her husband, is trying to harsh face the reality of divorce after 11 years.
None of their situations are ideal, but what the women lack in romantic love, they have in abundance in the form of friendship and support. This support proves invaluable as Savannah’s mother constantly tries to talk her into remaining a mistress, despite her desire for marriage and family, and Robin realizes there’s something she might want more than commitment. The confidence that their tight circle engenders also gives Gloria the courage to test the waters with her handsome new neighbour, Marvin King (Gregory Hines), and Bernadine the strength to stand up to her husband and fight for what is owed her, as he minimizes her contributions to his work and their home.
Based on the best-selling novel by Terry McMillan, the brilliant directorial debut of Forest Whitaker features compelling dialogue and an incredible soundtrack! Waiting to Exhale constantly illustrates how love, the desire to either have or keep it, can be such a powerful driving force. But while love can break a person, friendship helps keep us whole.
I give this one 4.5 stars