Waiting to Exhale (1995)

waiting to exhaleBy Scott Goldfine

Four female friends in Phoenix find a good man hard to come by in this comedic drama from actor-turned-director Forest Whitaker. The four protagonists — a career woman (Whitney Houston), a divorcee (Angela Bassett), a single mother (Loretta Devine) and a naïve girl (Lela Rochon) ― commiserate about the pitfalls of relationships.

The film offers some good humor, but is episodic and lacks substance or insight. Also stars Gregory Hines and Dennis Haysbert. Rated R.

GRADE: C+

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