Waiting to Exhale Movie Review Summary

Actors: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett

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The movie is about four women who struggle to find suitable men to make them happy and end up realizing that they can do just fine on their own. Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin are four African-American women who live in Phoenix, Arizona. It's New Year's Eve and they are thinking about their resolutions while getting ready for their parties.
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Savannah just moved in from Denver so she still lives in a hotel. She is single, lonely and a little bitter because she doesn't seem to find a decent, caring guy to love her. So she goes to a blind date on New Year's Eve hoping to meet a nice guy. She meets Lionel and he seems perfect. They dance and Savannah is ready to exhale thinking that she found the man she was looking for. But Lionel had a girlfriend and Savannah was really disappointed.

Bernadine is a wealthy, married woman, mother of two beautiful children. On New Year's Eve, her husband announces that he is leaving her and the children for another woman, his secretary.

Robin is young and pretty but she always picks the wrong guys to date. She is really lonely so she decides to date Michel, a fat, clumsy guy who works with her at the insurance company. Michel is sweet and he seems to care about Robin but the sex is really awkward and she decides to move on.

Gloria is a feisty, plump, good looking beautician who is always waiting for her Rick to come back. Rick is Tarik's father and Gloria's long lost love. He comes to visit his family once in a blue moon and he always manages to get Gloria's hopes up. This year he returns with some news. He is definitely gay.

After her husband's announcement Bernadine is in shock. She can't believe that she lost her family just like that. She is extremely angry so she decides to get rid of her husband's things by packing them up and putting them in his car. After finishing the job she sets the car on fire. She also has a big yard sale for the rest of his stuff. Bernadine cuts her hair really short and takes her friends to a club to dance the night away.

Savannah is a producer. She receives a phone call from her mother who tells her that Kenneth, a man that Savannah is in love with asked about her. Savannah knows that Kenneth is married but she is glad that he is still looking for her so she accepts to meet him. She secretly hopes that he will finally leave his wife as he promised and be with her.

Robin dates a couple of guys but they prove to be scumbags. One of them is a drunken fool who steals her wallet and the other one is married.

Gloria introduces herself to her new neighbor. He is a nice guy and he starts fixing things around her house and talking to her son, Tarik. Tarik wants to go and study in Spain for a while but his mother won't let him. Marvin, the neighbor, tells Gloria that she should let Tarik make his own choices and she gets very upset with him.

As time goes by, Bernadine fights her ex-husband for money, Savannah realizes that Kenneth will never leave his wife for her and Robin gets pregnant. Robin realizes that she doesn't need a man to take care of her and her baby so she decides that it is time to throw the last scumbag out and stand on her own two feet.

Bernadine finally gets her revenge when she takes a lot of money and another house from her ex-husband. Gloria decides to let Marvin be her companion and she lets Tarik go to Spain.

It's New Year's Eve again and the four women get into Bernadine's new car and drive away. They stop in the middle of nowhere and have a lively party around a bonfire. They finally got rid of their bitterness and decided to live their lives the best they could without waiting for men to make them happy.
Best part of story, including ending: I like this movie because it tells the sad story of millions of women who wait for the perfect guy to arrive and save them from themselves. The movie is really inspiring because it makes you think that all that bitterness can actually be avoided by realizing that you are an independent, smart, strong woman, perfectly capable of making your own decisions and living a full life on your own.

Best scene in story: I liked the scene where Bernadine took her husband's stuff and set it on fire. I felt her rage and I think she did the right thing.

Opinion about the main character: I liked Bernadine the most. She proved to be a really strong woman and she didn't let her husband walk away without feeling the consequences of his acts.

The review of this Movie prepared by Andreea Lupei a Level 5 American Goldfinch scholar

This film centers around a goup of women who are spurned by their mates and decide to plot revenge against them. There is the ever-dramatic scene in which the women set a car on fire in the desert. This was the ultimate "girls-should-stick-together" movie, at least until Whitney Houston's longtime arch-rival, Vanessa Williams, starred in Soul Food.
The review of this Movie prepared by Teddy

Script Analysis of Waiting to Exhale

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   black people romance movie Lover is...    -   totally uninterested Married, fooling around?    -   Yes Fooling around    -   Multiple Men and Women (Love Polygon)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive    -   producer/director Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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