Waiting to Exhale

Synopsis: This story based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their very lives. Friendship becomes the strongest bond between these women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles the modern women face in today's world.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Forest Whitaker
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  8 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

for a white woman?

Would it be better if she were black?

No, it'd be better if you were black!

Thank you, Bernadine...

...for making this easier for me.

I'll be back next week for my things.

This concludes this test

of the Emergency Broadcast System.

Allright, time to get

your groove on. All night long.

I don't believe

I'm spending New year's Eve by myself.

This is definitely a first.

Finally gave up on Russell.

A lying, sneaky, whorish Pisces!


Russell was so fine.


...every woman in America

wanted to be with him...

...but you know what, Achey?

Oh, I knew he was mine...


Till I found that half-slip

in his gym bag.


Phone's ringing off the hook tonight...

...from women wondering

where all the real men are.

So for you fellas out there

running the streets...

...looking for love

in all the wrong places...

...there's something you should know.

Love might be waiting

right there at home.

Ma, I wish you were going out tonight.

I'm just fine, thank you.

you coming in at a decent hour tonight.

It's New year's Eve.

Things don't jump off till midnight.

you should praise God I'm letting

you out at all, the grades you get.

you best get busy. You're gonna be using

Morse code to contact your girlfriends.

I'm doing the best I can,

so just ground me.

Your father's coming on Tuesday.


He's not my father, he's my daddy.

There's a big damn difference.

Watch your mouth.

I see the bastard every two years.

I'm supposed to get excited?

You get excited.

I can't believe this, man.

Why she doing this?

What is that supposed to mean?

Where'd he sleep

the last time he was here?

Ma, I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Ma, I'm sorry. Ma, I'm sorry.

I'm sorry. I'm really sorry.

That's none of your business.

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Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan (born October 31, 1951) is an American author. Her work is characterized by relatable female protagonists. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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