How Stella Got Her Groove Back

20th Century Fox Released 1998


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Kevin Rodney Sullivan
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic drama from director Kevin Rodney Sullivan and is based on the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan. San Francisco stockbroker Stella Payne (Angela Bassett) has a very successful career, a beautiful home and a great son, 11 year-old Quincy (Michael J. Pagan). At 40 years-old, she's still an incredible beauty, but has been single since her divorce. Stella allows her best friend, Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg), to talk her in to a much-needed vacation, and the two head to Jamaica to soak up some sun. While there, Stella meets Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs), a gorgeous, sexy Jamaican she finds impossible to resist. Winston is handsome, a great lover, attentive, and everything else she ever wanted in a man. Except for the fact he's twenty years her junior. Age might be just a number, but Stella struggles with their relationship, even as she falls deeper and deeper in love. With so many obstacles in the way, is there any way for Stella to make this relationship work?moreless


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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Stella may be frothy and paper-thin, but it's also another great success for star Angela Bassett, who transforms the film into an infomercial for her considerable abilities.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie, adapted by Terry McMillan from her semi-autobiographical novel, is pointedly boundary-breaking in its positive portrayal of a May-September relationship between a younge...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Like "Waiting to Exhale" except more so, film jerks from scene to scene with little sense of rhythm, continuity or dramatic shaping.

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Comedy, Drama


tropical backdrop, unrequited love, buddies and gal pals, opposites attract, raunchy moments