A surprise Hollywood hit, this film is based on the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan and centers on four well-to-do African-American women and their relationships with men and one another. All of them are "holding their breath" until the day they can feel comfortable in a committed relationship with a man. Robin (Lela Rochon) is the long-time mistress of Russell (Leon), who keeps reneging on his promise to leave his wife for her. She dumps him to find a man she can have to herself, but her dates with a reliable but unattractive business partner (Wendell Pierce) and a drug addict (Mykelti Williamson) send her back to Russell. Savannah (Whitney Houston) is a successful television producer who also believes that her married lover Kenneth (Dennis Haysbert) will leave his wife. Bernadine (Angela Bassett) is a wealthy woman who abandoned her own career to raise a family. Her husband is now leaving her to marry a white woman. Gloria (Loretta Devine) is a beauty salon owner and single mother raising a teenage son. After years alone, she falls in love with a new neighbor, Marvin (Gregory Hines). The women share their stories over lunches and conversations at Gloria's salon. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi
This is one of my favorite movies, soundtrack and all! I love seeing Whitney looking good and heathly, also like Leon, he does it all - act, sing etc.. Oh lets not forget about Loretta Devine and Gregory Hines!
Like: The acting, the music, and the importance of the women's friendship.
Dislike: Story line. If they are (rightfully) going to be furious & hurt because their friend's husband cheated on her, why would they then date married men themselves? Women are their own worst enemies. If all women said "no" to married men, we wouldn't allow men to hurt other women/ourselves so much. (And I mean right away - not only after they realize that the men are not going to leave their wives). Also...I was sad that Whitney had not learned in real life from her own advice in the movie.
I was disappointed in this movie. It wasn't the acting - the four female stars were very good - it was the plotline. The four stories were so disjointed that it was difficult to stay interested in the film. Such a shame!