Waiting to Exhale
First screened in January 1996 / Most recently screened in June 2014
Director: Forest Whitaker. Cast: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, Loretta Devine, Dennis Haysbert, Starletta DuPois, Jeffrey D. Sams, Michael Beach, Wesley Snipes, Leon, Mykelti Williamson, Wendell Pierce, Donald Faison, Gregory Hines, Jazz Raycole, Brandon Hammond, Wren T. Brown. Screenplay: Terry McMillan and Ronald Bass (based on the novel by Terry McMillan). Twitter Capsule:
Leads give it charisma but subplots all stunted. Script deeply mixed about decent behavior and the value of men.
Important not just as a black-female ensemble film but a lucrative one. As song-driven and musically of its moment as The Graduate. Wobbly but noteworthy.