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Story

Based on Terry McMillan's best-selling novel, How Stella Got Her Groove Back stars Angela Bassett as a 40-year-old, Manhattan stock trader and single mom whose static life gets a jolt during a vacation with her pal (Whoopi Goldberg) in Jamaica. Sparks fly when Bassett meets a 20-year-old stud (Taye Diggs) who has an ambivalent career path but a great body and lots of sexual energy to burn. After some prodding by Goldberg's warm-funny secondary character, Bassett gets it on with the fellow--and proceeds to worry about what she's doing with a man half her age. The film is most enjoyable in its sunny, exotic early scenes and becomes more formulaic once the unlikely couple transports their will-we-stay-together-or-won't-we tensions back to the Big Apple. But director Kevin Rodney Sullivan goes out of his way to make a movie unabashedly thick with fantasy and wish-fulfillment for female audiences (it's Diggs who reveals a lot more flesh than the regal Bassett). This is a Saturday-night movie all around. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Angela BassettStella Payne
Taye DiggsWinston Shakespeare
Whoopi GoldbergDelilah Abraham
Regina KingVanessa
Suzzanne DouglasAngela
Michael J. PaganQuincy Payne
Sicily JohnsonChantel
Richard LawsonJack
Barry Shabaka HenleyBuddy
Lee WeaverNate
Glynn TurmanDr. Shakespeare
Phyllis Yvonne StickneyMrs. Shakespeare
Art MetranoDr. Steinberg

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 124 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 14, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 13, 2004
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