Waiting to Exhale. Director: Forest Whitaker. Camera: Toyomichi Kurita. Screenplay: Terry McMillan and Ronald Bass. Cast: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon. Publicity brochure. Twentieth Century Fox, 1995. Ephemera collection (box A-72). Moving Image Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. Used with permission of Twentieth Century Fox. Waiting to Exhale. Director: Forest Whitaker. Camera: Toyomichi Kurita. Screenplay: Terry McMillan and Ronald Bass. Cast: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon. Publicity brochure. Twentieth Century Fox, 1995. Ephemera collection (box A-72). Moving Image Section, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. Used with permission of Twentieth Century Fox.

The contemporary women's film, or “chick flick,” is aimed at a modern female audience. Waiting to Exhale combines elements from classic Hollywood movies with a new sensitivity to female and ethnic empowerment. The four beautiful, stylish, African American protagonists are successful businesswomen who learn to reject unworthy men but who continue to seek the perfect mate. (See motion pictures, page 316.)

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