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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Also Known As:

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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Sullivan & Son: How Carol Got Her Groove Back (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Makes Me Sweat
Performed by Big Pun (as Big Punisher) & Beenie Man
Written by Beenie Man (as Moses Davis), Big Pun (as Christopher Rios), Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss (as Andrew Farris)
Contains elements of "Need You Tonight"
(M. Hutchence / A. Farris)
Used Courtesy of Mercury Records, Ltd.
Produced Under License from Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions,
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Big Punisher appears courtesy of Loud Records
Beenie Man appears courtesy of Shocking Vibes Productions, Ltd.
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'Stella' lacks groove
15 March 1999 | by (Richmond, CA) – See all my reviews

Angela Bassett ("Waiting to Exhale") is talented and buff as Stella, a single mother/career woman who's in need of a vacation. Stella decides to head for Jamaica with her best friend, Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg in a fine supporting role). Stella meets 20-year-old Winston (Taye Diggs). They fall in love, in-spite of Stella's emotional insecurities. Terry McMillan adapted from her novel based on her real-life experience. I hate to say this, but unlike "Waiting to Exhale," this overlong movie barely holds up to the book, because of too many plot holes and too many unnecessary characters. On the contrary, Diggs turns in an impressive performance as well. My evaluation: ** out of ****.


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