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Waiting to Exhale

Starring: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, etc.
Director: Forest Whitaker
Rated: R
Year of Release: 1995
Video Release Date: January 22, 2002

Feisty, independent and fiercely protective of one another, four African American women form a communal safety net as they cope with the various untrustworthy men moving into and out of their lives. All four of them are waiting for a relationship with a mate on whom they can rely. But while they are thus “waiting to exhale” they find they can lead fulfilling lives, nonetheless.

Viewing Suggestion:

Notice how the four women learn to be okay with themselves after they first “used” relationships to feel good.

Ask Yourself:

- Do you believe that something is wrong with you as long as you are single?
- Can you see the women in Waiting to Exhale as a models and acceptance and contentment in being single?
- Experiment with activities, projects, or hobbies that make you feel good as a single person just as some of the characters did in the movie.