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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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How Stella Got Her Groove Back On  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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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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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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Not as good as I hoped, but still worth a look
4 February 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Angela Bassett delivers another wonderful performance (is she not one of the greatest actors of out time?), but unfortunately, it's not enough to raise this movie to the level of greatness I expected from it.

There's no doubt, the film is beautiful to look at and the performances are good all around. But the script is lacking that certain something that makes you believe the whys and hows. We can certainly understand why Stella fell in love with that 20 year old--he's gorgeous, sincere and very mature for his age. But the crucial information we're missing is why he falls for her.

He approaches her because of her physcial beauty, but stays for an unknown reason. Why WOULD a 20 year old be so willing to pursue a woman twice his age after a casual meeting? Why is he so mature and understanding at such a young age? We'll never know and that's what kept me from believing this film.

Another problem is the seemingly pointless demise of one of the characters (I won't say who). This event didn't carry the story forward and acted more as a detractor from the plot that anything else. It should have been used to help the other characters develop, but it instead that little subplot dissolved into oblivion.

Overall, I would certainly recommend Stella. It was an enjoyable and sincere story. But it could have been so much better.


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