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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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Cast

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Vanessa
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Angela
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Quincy Payne
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Chantel (as Sicily)
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Jack
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Buddy
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Dr. Shakespeare
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Ms. Thang
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Abby
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Walter Payne
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Storyline

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

Taye Diggs plays 20 year old Winston Shakespeare to the significantly older woman's character, Stella Payne (Angela Bassett). Angela Bassett is only 13 years older than Diggs who is actually 27 years old in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: There's Something About Paulie (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

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
Contains elements from "Impeach The President" (R. Hammond)
Performed by The Honey Drippers
Used Courtesy of Tuff City Records
Also contains resung elements from "Ooh Boy" written by Norman Whitfield (as N. Whitfield)
Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions,
Inc.
Shaggy appears courtesy of Livingston Productions, Inc.
Janet appears courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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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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