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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stella Payne
... Winston Shakespeare
... Delilah Abraham
... Vanessa
... Angela
... Quincy Payne
... Chantel (as Sicily)
... Jack
... Buddy
... Nate
... Dr. Shakespeare
... Mrs. Shakespeare
Denise Hunt ... Ms. Thang
Lisa Hanna ... Abby
... Walter Payne
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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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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How Stella Got Her Groove Back On  »

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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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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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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 »

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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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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,
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Mary J. Blige appears courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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'Stella' lacks groove
15 March 1999 | by 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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