How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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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.




  • Whoopi Goldberg and Angela Bassett in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • Taye Diggs in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • Whoopi Goldberg in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • Kevin Rodney Sullivan in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

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9 January 1999 | MarkM-5
Waste of a fine actress
Angela is one of the best actresses working in film today, which is why saddling her in a Harlequin-type romance as this one is silly and naive. First of all, she is horribly miscast. One of the main conflicts of the film is the age difference between the two lovers (40-year old Bassett and 20-year old hunky newcomer Taye Diggs). But Bassett is as sexy as ever, looks 25, and would be an awesome date for any 20-year old without any real conflict whatsoever. Secondly, Bassett has a natural fierceness and intensity that is terribly harnessed by putting her in this cookie-cutter character.

Whoopi Goldberg is also around, providing some laughs in the beginning, then a pointless and maudlin subplot in the middle (what was this plot line doing in such a fluffy romance? How out of place...). Goldberg and Bassett have fine chemistry, but the jokes seem like pedestrian si-tcom formula jokes and really are carried only by the performances.

The result is predictable, sappy, and as light as a feather. And it's a shame, with the charisma that Bassett usually possesses.

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,318,919 16 August 1998

Gross USA:


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