Cher In The City

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Cher in the City: Movie reminds of power of friendship

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This weekend, I was watching some old movies. Not black-and-white old, just some of the ones I enjoyed back in the day.

I happened to run across my DVD of Waiting to Exhale. Now, granted, I have seen that movie many times, but it’s been a minute since I watched it from start to finish. Don’t you find when you watch a movie a few times you see stuff that you did not see before?

Most people, I’m sure, have seen Waiting to Exhale. Just in case you have lived a sheltered life or perhaps forgotten, it was the movie taken from the best-selling novel of the same name by Terry McMillan. It is about four black best friends – Savannah, Robin, Bernadine and Gloria – and their relationships with one another, their families, the men in their lives and their quest for love and happiness.

In the movie, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett and Lela Rochon play the main characters, and if that’s not enough, Babyface did the soundtrack.

After watching it twice Saturday, I realized again what I already knew … Waiting to Exhale is still a great movie!

It had not aged a bit. The storyline was still fresh, the plot smooth and I still loved all the old parts that I loved when I first saw the movie.

Clearly, it has some of the best lines ever, the kind that make you want to use them in everyday life – like the one made famous by Angela Bassett, who played the part of Bernadine Harris, the angry, scorned wife of a cheating husband.

Let me set the scene for you. Bernadine angrily storms into her husband’s office (He’s leaving her for another woman … needless to say, she is “beyond” angry).

As she enters, she gives him a verbal beatdown that is such a thing of beauty, it is almost artistic.

He says to her “Bernadine, don’t worry, you’ll get what’s coming to you.” She says, “Oh, I’m not worried. You, on the other hand, should be!” … classic!

The thing about a good movie is that you should be able to see yourself or the people you know in it.

Waiting to Exhale is a great movie, and I clearly remember concluding that the BFFs were women who had a lot but who all were still holding their breath, waiting on Mr. Right and a chance to finally exhale.

As I watched Waiting to Exhale this time, I got a different take. It made me think about my girlfriends and the relationships we have with one another.

It got me thinking about the men who have passed through our lives, and my girls … who are still here. Like the friends in the movie, we all have friends who we know have our backs … through thick and thin.

In the movie, Savannah, Robin, Bernadine and Gloria had one another’s backs, so they never really had a reason to hold their breath.

They could have been breathing with ease the whole time … but if they had been, I would have missed a classic movie line!


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