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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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Terry McMillan (novel), Terry McMillan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bassett ... Stella Payne
Taye Diggs ... Winston Shakespeare
Whoopi Goldberg ... Delilah Abraham
Regina King ... Vanessa
Suzzanne Douglas ... Angela
Michael J. Pagan ... Quincy Payne
Sicily Johnson ... Chantel (as Sicily)
Richard Lawson ... Jack
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Buddy
Lee Weaver ... Nate
Glynn Turman ... Dr. Shakespeare
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Mrs. Shakespeare
Denise Hunt Denise Hunt ... Ms. Thang
Lisa Hanna Lisa Hanna ... Abby
James Pickens Jr. ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How Stella Got Her Groove Back On See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,318,919, 16 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,672,350, 10 January 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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References Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) See more »

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Rivers Of Babylon
Performed by The Upbeaters
Written by Brent Dowe, Frank Farian, Trevor McNaughton and George Reyam
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Watch the commercial for Jamaica Tourism and skip the movie
12 August 2002 | by Dehlia_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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