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on July 30, 2003
Waiting to Exhale The movie is like a Cliff's note version of the book. A thin condensed version of the novel that skims the surface of the source material and gives the viewer a general overview of the actual story. This watered down movie dilutes the richness of Terry McMillan's novel and removes all the depth and substance from the characters. The key theme of women realizing that they make their own choices regarding the men in their lives is lost in the quest to commercialize black women's pain.
Angela Bassett gives a strong performance despite the weak material, however the other actors drown in this bland, homogenized movie that pushes style over subtance. A wooden Whitney Houston and a vapid Lela Rochon are horribly miscast, and Loretta Devine struggles to do her best with the weak script. The male actors with the exception of Gregory Hines, and Michael Beach cannot get past one dimension because the screenplay won't let them utilize all their acting skills. The Wesley Snipes cameo is indicative of what's wrong with this movie; it's a sellout of the original material. And that is the problem with Waiting to Exhale, a horrible script that compromises the artistic integrity of the original book. Terry McMillan and Ron Bass mistranslate a 400+ page deep novel full of three-dimensional characters, subtext and a complex plot into a shallow one-dimensional screenplay that has been sterilized for Hollywood. To really enjoy the story buy the book instead. It pulls no punches and will be far more entertaining.
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on February 19, 2002
it was not realy that good as i expected it to be but i wasn't disapointed too much. it's a realy human and realistic story so it's also sad and moving. bassett and houston raely are great in this movie but also the actresses who played robin and gloria were wonderful. i think it's amovie not everyone should see but if you feel in the modd for watching this kind of movie then do it. i was a little tire as i've watched this picture so i guess that's because it seemed never to end...
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on February 22, 2000
I so agree with the viewer who said that Whitney killed this film. It seems as if people are afraid to bad mouth her but her fakeness deserves to be joked about. I could have easily liked this because of the other performances but in an ensemble one bad one effects the balance and it becomes cartoonish. Bassett should be in way better films than the current space film she's in.
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