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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  14 August 1998 (USA)
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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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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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Sometimes you have to break the rules to free your heart.

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back On  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,318,919 (USA) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

$37,672,350 (USA) (8 January 1999)
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Angela Bassett was planning her nuptials with then-fiancé Courtney B. Vance when cast in the lead role. The start of production kept being pushed back by producer Deborah Schindler which was a blessing and a curse for Bassett. The continued delay of production gave her ample time to get her body in perfect shape for the film but it also prevented her from being able to set a definite date for her wedding. Determined to get married in the fall of 1997, Bassett and Vance stood their ground and set a firm date for the ceremony, October 17, 1997, by that point Bassett had been filming for about a month on "Stella." See more »

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While Stella and Winston argue in the restaurant, the level of wine in her glass keeps changing. See more »

Quotes

Stella Payne: [eating breakfast] Something sure smells good.
Winston Shakespeare: It's my cologne, it's new.
Stella Payne: I meant the food.
Winston Shakespeare: Oh.
Stella Payne: [in her mind] I meant the cologne.
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Soundtracks

Luv Me, Luv Me
Performed by Shaggy featuring Janet Jackson (as Janet)
Written by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Shaggy (as Orville Burrell),
Alex Richbourg, Roy C. Hammond (as R. Hammond) and Norman Whitfield
Contains elements from "Impeach The President" (R. Hammond)
Performed by The Honey Drippers
Used Courtesy of Tuff City Records
Also contains resung elements from "Ooh Boy" (N. Whitfield)
Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions,
Inc.
Shaggy appears courtesy of Livingston Productions, Inc.
Janet appears courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Where do people learn to talk like that ??
11 August 1999 | by (Inland Empire) – See all my reviews

One of the worst movies I've ever seen. A long music video, punctuated by stupid comicbook characterizations. A fractured fairytale with about as fluff and substance as Cinderella's petticoats. I'm not sure why they just didn't go ahead and animate in the tongues dropping to the floor and the eyeballs popping out of heads, it certainly would have fit. The sisters were unreal... one drives an ambulance, but would much rather yak on the cell phone and play with the siren and car stereo... yeah, a real professional, that one. The other one cooks in her pearls with her hair piled on top of her head, yeah, I always cook like that, sure. A complete waste of time.


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