How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
Terry McMillan and Ron Bass wrote this screenplay based on McMillan's semi-autobiographical best-selling novel (over 2,000,000 copies in print before the release of this film). San Francisco stockbroker Stella (Angela Bassett), a 40-year-old divorcee, has a nice Marin County home and an 11-year-old son, Quincy (Michael J. Pagan). With Quincy off to see his dad, Stella and her best friend Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg) vacation in Jamaica, where she meets sexy, good-looking Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs). He's the man of her dreams in every way except one -- he's half her age. Even so, a romance develops. Grammy Award-winning songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis supervised the film's music and produced the R&B-slanted soundtrack album. Shown at the 1998 Urbanworld Film Festival (NY). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for How Stella Got Her Groove Back
The movie meanders on and on, like a bad sexual dream, until you finally wake up mumbling: Stella, please: leave that groove thang alone.
Delivers guilt-free escapism about pretty people having wicked-hot fun in pretty places.
Stella may be frothy and paper-thin, but it's also another great success for star Angela Bassett, who transforms the film into an infomercial for her considerable abilities.
I never felt Stella and Winston were on the same wavelength, that they could share their lives, that it would be a good idea for them to try.
Ms. Bassett portrays this high-strung superwoman with such intensity that she makes her almost believable.
All formula gloss, a romance that tackles some difficult issues by missing them altogether.
The "Groove" is on the move in Sullivan's ethnically snappy and exotic May-December romancer. Bassett and Diggs make for a sizzling couple
There's only one thing missing from this story, and it's the main ingredient: conflict.
Gives Angela Bassett the full star treatment, and she gives it right back.
There is insufficient chemistry, more tension and fighting than romance, and no epiphanal moment to demonstrate that Stella has indeed gotten her groove back.
This fine and funny film proves that a love that nurtures fills an emptiness that nothing else can fill.
Frankly, this is just like a very average TV movie except the cast is more expensive and the stunning Bassett glides through with inviolable class.
Stella comes straight from the 'designer problems' school of screenwriting, a genre in which stories are built around wealthy, gorgeous people who have to create their own miseries in order for anything remotely dramatic to occur.
A strong cast and solid tech credits fail to make the relationship believable.
It features so much in the way of awkward and contrived situations that even an extremely talented cast nearly flounders.
A snickering, boring, and utterly predictable movie that runs over two hours.
With a dollop more originality and slightly less patronizing Kleenex moments, this picture might have left its mark on the chick flick genre, but as it stands, it's an also-ran.
There's no tension, sexual or otherwise (even during the love scenes: it was remarkable).
In the end, you ask: How Stella Got Her Groove Back? You're not entirely sure that she did.
It takes a long, long time for our Stella to finally get her groove back, and by then you might not much care.
Audience Reviews for How Stella Got Her Groove Back
This film is so fake. A shame because actresses like Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg is one of my fav's but too bad they were in this. Such a waste.More
Likeable chick-flick that mainly deals with whether a relationship can work around a 20 year age difference. It even chucks in "best friend dying of cancer" half way through but still manages to stay upbeat about it. And it's surprisingly well shot. But I had to remove half a star because there's a desperate rush to the airport at the end.More
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