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.
 
IMDB:
5.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
56%
R
Year:
1995
124 min
1,370 Views

D.J. OVER RADIO:
what's up? This is

k107, broadcasting on New Year's Eve.

Why don't y'all scribble down those

New Year's resolutions and dial me up.

Tell us those lies you're telling yourself,

promises you know you won't keep.

WOMAN 1:
I don't believe in New Year's

resolutions. They're stupid.

- I Promise I will not spend....

WOMAN 2:
No matter what John says...

...this year,

I'm starting my catering business.

WOMAN 3:
If I do let Russell come back,

I'll whip something on him so tough....

WOMAN 4:
I'm gonna lose 10 pounds

and eat right. Fifteen pounds.

Okay, 35. I mean it. Thirty-five pounds.

MAN:
Do you know

where you wanna be tonight?

And where do you wanna be next year?

Think about it. Because we're getting

close to that final hour.

So if you haven't finished

those resolutions...

...you'd better jump it

before it's too late. I've made mine.

How about you?

This is brand-new from

the beautiful chante Moore, "wey U."

K107. check it out.

SAVANNAH:
The deal is,

the men in Denver are dead.

No wonder I'm changing towns again.

It's gotta be better in Phoenix.

BERNADINE:

I gotta pick up the babysitter...

...pick up my gown,

stop and get John's tux.

I'd clone myself,

but I wouldn't have time for the surgery.

ROBIN:
I don't know why I always pick

the wrong men to fall in love with.

My weakness is pretty boys

with big sticks.

GLORIA:
I don't know why Tarik has to

spend New Year's Eve with his homeys.

He sees them every day.

Plus, there are gonna be

all these drunk fools in the streets.

He'd have more fun at home with me,

watching videos.

D.J.:
Just want you to know

that if you're searching...

...somewhere, there's a love for you.

SAVANNAH:

Here it is New Year's...

...and I'm geeked up for a blind date

that's not even all that.

Just some party this guy's voice

invited my answering machine to...

...when got worn out

playing phone tag.

A long time ago, I asked God

to send me a decent man.

I got Robert, Cedric,

Darrell and kenneth.

God's got some serious explaining to do.

So my prayers got more detailed.

Like, how about some compassion?

could he have a sense of purpose?

A sense of integrity?

could he listen?

The truth is, most men are deaf.

They prefer to guess what you need,

but they don't guess worth shit.

They lie without a conscience.

what they're best at is convincing us

we should feel desperate.

Thank God I don't fall for that shit.

If I had the nerve,

I'd get me some real breasts.

[PHONE RINGING]

Oh, I know that's gotta be Mama.

She's the onIy one

that knows I'm staying in a hotel.

I Iove you, Ma, but tonight....

I'll call you in the morning, Ma.

BERNADINE:
I do not feel like going

to another one of these boring affairs.

- Bernie?

- Yes?

Would you be terribly disappointed

if we didn't go to the party tonight?

crushed.

What?

I guess there's no appropriate time

to tell you this, but...

...I'm going to the party,

just not with you.

- She--

- She?

Yes.

She doesn't wanna be alone tonight,

and I was thinking, "Why should she be?"

It's that bitch

who keeps your books, isn't it?

And you picked tonight

to flaunt your whore...

...in front of all your business partners

and your friends.

- What are they supposed to think, John?

- The truth.

Finally, the truth.

I'm leaving you for her.

MAN OVER RADIO:
This is a test

of the Emergency Broadcast System.

This is only a test.

Don't worry...

...you can have the house,

and you know I'll take care of my kids--

You wait a minute.

I give you 11 fucking years of my life...

...and you're Ieaving me

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