Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

Forest Whitaker (1995)

bbfc_rating|ages_15_and_over Certificate


Our Score
No matter what problems confront the female quartet in this mellow drama, the most pressing concern always seems to be the shortage of good men. Like that woman's picture extraordinaire Thelma and Louise, it's directed by a man, but the crucial difference is that this crowd-pleasing melodrama marks the debut of Forest Whitaker. Consequently, there's a patronising tone of indulgence pervading the film that manifests itself in the smart one-liners, the minor triumphs designed to elicit high-fives among the audience and the tear-jerking feel-good of the finale. Expertly acted by a cast that includes Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett, this owes little to life and a bit too much to glossy magazine aspirations.


Four women, all friends, are waiting...meet Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria.

Cast & Crew

Savannah Whitney Houston
Bernadine Angela Bassett
Gloria Loretta Devine
Robin Lela Rochon
Marvin Gregory Hines
Kenneth Dennis Haysbert
Troy Mykelti Williamson
John Sr Michael Beach
Director Forest Whitaker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing and sex scenes.Available on: video