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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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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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$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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In March 2007, Terry McMillan sued her ex-husband Jonathan Plummer and his lawyer for $40 million, citing an intentional strategy to embarrass and humiliate her during the divorce proceedings. McMillan eventually won a judgment of intentional infliction of emotional distress but had withdrawn the suit before the case went to trial and Plummer was never ordered to pay the intended amount. On September 27 2010, the two sat together with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah Winfrey to discuss their post-divorce relationship and partial reconciliation and both acknowledged that he fulfilled the role of boyfriend and husband before his coming-out although McMillan stated that 'he's not my BFF'. 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 »

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Stella Payne: This from the guy who makes a midnight run to the video store and comes back with Booty Call and the Lion King!
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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
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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,
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Shaggy appears courtesy of Livingston Productions, Inc.
Janet appears courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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A Truly Romantic yet Kinda Corny Movie...
1 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie I wanted to immediately hop a plane to Jamaica! I don't think it was the "meet the man of my dreams" part, but the scenery. It was just breathtaking (although the men aren't too bad to look at either!). As for the story, it was a good distraction from typical reality, because, let's face it ladies, we believe that doesn't happen everyday (especially to ourselves). The soundtrack was another good part of the movie, I just loved it. This movie is the kind that gives you hope for true romantic love, but in this cynical day and age most people don't let themselves be pulled in, or fooled, by the seemingly unrealistic situation. For those of us with a little romance still left, this is a wonderful movie. For those without, I'm sorry. (These are my thoughts excluding the latest headlines, I don't want to spoil my original feeling toward the movie).


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