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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Quincy Payne
Chantel (as Sicily)
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Walter Payne


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 <>

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Sometimes you have to break the rules to free your heart.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How Stella Got Her Groove Back On  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$37,672,350 (USA) (8 January 1999)

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Bassett's Stella and Diggs' Winston ranked #10 on Moviefone's 'The Top 25 Sexiest Movie Couples'. [May 2008] See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »


Golden Time Of Day
Performed by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Written by Frankie Beverly
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Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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Watch the commercial for Jamaica Tourism and skip the movie
12 August 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Have you ever noticed how the excuses for seeing a really bad movie have an eerie similarity to the excuses for adultery? I didn't really intend to see it, it just sort of happened, I never really wanted to, but I was parked in front of the TV and there it was. I thought it might be okay. I was wrong.

It is unclear to me why anyone thinks that Stella (Angela Basset) lost her groove in the first place. Stella is rich, successful, unbelievably beautiful, smart, independent, and a fashion plate. We open with her dancing and grooving to the radio, yet we are expected to believe she needs her groove back.

It only gets worse from there. I don't want to talk about it. 2/10

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