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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

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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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Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How Stella Got Her Groove Back On  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

The movie was based on a book by Terry McMillan who wrote about her own life and marriage to Jamaican Jonathan Plummer in 1998. She was in her late 40s and he in his early 20s. In December 2004, Plummer told McMillan that he was gay and in March 2005, she filed for divorce. He essentially only married her so he could leave Jamaica and gain American citizenship. See more »

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The airport is LAX but the story takes place in the San Francisco area. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Kickin' It: How Bobby Got His Groove Back (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Written by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Mary J. Blige
Produced and arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions,
Inc.
Mary J. Blige appears courtesy of MCA Records, 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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