How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)



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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
R (For language and some sexuality.)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox


Angela Bassett
as Stella Payne
Taye Diggs
as Winston Shakespeare
Regina King
as Vanessa
as Chantal
Lee Weaver
as Nate
Glynn E. Turman
as Dr. Shakespeare
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
as Mrs. Shakespeare
Carl Lumbly
as Judge Boyle
Lou Myers
as Uncle Ollie
Denise Hunt
as Ms. Thang
Lisa Hanna
as Abby
Philip Casnoff
as Kennedy
D'Army Bailey
as Minister
Art Metrano
as Doctor Steinberg
Phina Oruche
as Leslie
Tenny Miller
as Kitchen Worker
Andrew Palmer
as Buffet Server
Harold Dawkins
as The Upbeaters Band
Kenneth Buckford
as The Upbeaters Band
Simon Street
as The Upbeaters Band
Craig Blake
as Winston's friend
Elisabeth Granli
as Girl in Jamaica Commercial
Steve Danton
as Man in Commercial
Elly McGuire
as Stella's Friend
Selma McPherson
as Friend at Party
Fern Ward
as Friend at Party
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Critic Reviews for How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 6, 2009
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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The movie meanders on and on, like a bad sexual dream, until you finally wake up mumbling: Stella, please: leave that groove thang alone.

April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Delivers guilt-free escapism about pretty people having wicked-hot fun in pretty places.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Brian R
Brian R

Super Reviewer


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.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

Great cast about a 40 plus stock broker on vacation in Jamaica.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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