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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

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Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to ... See full summary »

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Terry McMillan (novel), Terry McMillan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bassett ... Stella Payne
Taye Diggs ... Winston Shakespeare
Whoopi Goldberg ... Delilah Abraham
Regina King ... Vanessa
Suzzanne Douglas ... Angela
Michael J. Pagan ... Quincy Payne
Sicily Johnson ... Chantel (as Sicily)
Richard Lawson ... Jack
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Buddy
Lee Weaver ... Nate
Glynn Turman ... Dr. Shakespeare
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Mrs. Shakespeare
Denise Hunt Denise Hunt ... Ms. Thang
Lisa Hanna Lisa Hanna ... Abby
James Pickens Jr. ... Walter Payne
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Storyline

Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Jamaica. As she soaks in the beauty of the island, she encounters a strapping, young islander, Winston Shakespeare. His pursuits for her turn into a hot and steamy romance that forces Stella to take personal inventory of her life and try to find a balance between her desire for love and companionship, and the responsibilities of mother and corporate executive. Written by John Deming <jfdeming@sprynet.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes you have to break the rules to free your heart.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How Stella Got Her Groove Back On See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,318,919, 16 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,672,350, 10 January 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie/book is based on author, Terry McMillan's true story. The character, Winston Shakespeare is based on Terry's then husband, Jonathan Plummer, who has a cameo in the movie. After Stella checks in, she and Delilah walk down some steps and Jonathan can be seen saying, "Welcome to Jamaica, ladies." See more »

Goofs

When Winston is going to show Stella the room he made her for building furniture it is dark, but when Winston opens the door you can easily see that there is sunlight coming through the doorway. See more »

Quotes

Stella Payne: So how old are you anyway, young man?
Winston Shakespeare: Well, I'll be 21 on my next birthday so I guess that makes me 20. And how old are you, young lady?
Stella Payne: 40.
Winston Shakespeare: No, truthfully.
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Connections

Referenced in In the Cut: Whose Is It (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance For Me
Performed by Kevin Ford featuring Rufus Blaq
Written by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Kevin Ford
Co-produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions,
Inc. and Kevin Ford
Courtesy of Flyte Tyme Records, J.V.
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Not as good as I hoped, but still worth a look
4 February 1999 | by dynagirlSee all my reviews

Angela Bassett delivers another wonderful performance (is she not one of the greatest actors of out time?), but unfortunately, it's not enough to raise this movie to the level of greatness I expected from it.

There's no doubt, the film is beautiful to look at and the performances are good all around. But the script is lacking that certain something that makes you believe the whys and hows. We can certainly understand why Stella fell in love with that 20 year old--he's gorgeous, sincere and very mature for his age. But the crucial information we're missing is why he falls for her.

He approaches her because of her physcial beauty, but stays for an unknown reason. Why WOULD a 20 year old be so willing to pursue a woman twice his age after a casual meeting? Why is he so mature and understanding at such a young age? We'll never know and that's what kept me from believing this film.

Another problem is the seemingly pointless demise of one of the characters (I won't say who). This event didn't carry the story forward and acted more as a detractor from the plot that anything else. It should have been used to help the other characters develop, but it instead that little subplot dissolved into oblivion.

Overall, I would certainly recommend Stella. It was an enjoyable and sincere story. But it could have been so much better.


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