January 19, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Waiting to Exhale

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
127 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/22/95
performer
Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon, Dennis Haysbert, Gregory Hines
director
Forest Whitaker
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
genre
Drama
We gave it a B

WAITING TO EXHALE (R) Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel has been turned into an exhilarating blast of a movie. The strong cast is headed by Angela Bassett as Bernadine, a devoted wife and mother recently dumped by her husband. Whitney Houston is tough-as-nails Savannah, portrayed with a detachment so cool it’s occasionally jarring. McMillan’s theme is the notion of being treated well — women’s yearning to be loved, respected, even adored once in a while — and it has been taken to heart by director Forest Whitaker. B+

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