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Waiting to Exhale (1995) Movie Review


Jelisa M.http://melanated-source.com
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

Movie Review • Terry McMillan said “hold my drink, while I step in my bag” when she wrote Waiting to Exhale. To have Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in the same movie is an automatic box office hit. Then add everyone’s favorite auntie Loretta Divine with the beautiful Ms. Lela Rochon, and you have Savannah, Bernadette, Gloria, and Robin.

I don’t think there would have been a better group of women to bring McMillan’s book to the big screen. Originally, Robin Givens and Halle Berry auditioned for the role of Robin but the director (Forest Whitaker) decided to go with two relative unknown actors once Whitney & Angela were casted.

I still don’t appreciate how Angela Bassett SNATCHED our entire hairline after the infamous car burning scene, which she improvised. Deep down every woman has wanted to make that car scene a reality, but we had to remember it was a movie. People go to jail for that type of carrying on in real life and we don’t need that type of stress.

Waiting to Exhale was the poster child for black women. Every woman could see themselves in each character, some more than others. It gave us relationship issues women go through along with the sisterhood we need. We laughed, cried and for sure yelled at the screen when watching this classic. “That’s a good movie Savannah.” 

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