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  • Actors: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King, Suzzanne Douglas
  • Directors: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
  • Writers: Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
  • Producers: Deborah Schindler, Jennifer Ogden, Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630522207X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" on IMDb

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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

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Get ready to groove with this heartwarming comedy full of love and friendship, starring sexy Angela Bassett and comic superstar and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg. Through good times and bad, Stella (Bassett) and Delilah (Goldberg) have always had each other. Now, Stella's so busy building a life that she's forgotten to really live. But Delilah is about to change all that. What starts as a quick trip to Jamaica, ends as an exhilarating voyage of self discovery as Stella learns to open her heart and find love - even if it's with a man 20 years her junior. A captivating comedy that's sure to entertain, How Stella Got Her Groove Back glows with warmth, humor and tenderness.

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That part I fast forward.
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From the beginning of the film to the end the plot is boring, dull and uninteresting.
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The acting was good, the plot was good.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on June 27, 2002
Format: DVD
Terry McMillan's followup to "Waiting to Exhale," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," was dismissed by some critics as a fluffy beach romance novel. It definitely had its spunk, but suffered from an overall blah-ness that weighed it down. The movie version has similar problems. Our heroine, played by the fierce talent that is Angela Bassett, is a broker trying to balance her career and being a single mom. She, along with her best friend (Whoopi Goldberg), takes a vacation to Jamaica, where she falls for the striking Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs, whose Jamaican accent fades in and out throughout his otherwise solid performance). The problem? She's 40. And he's 20. You can pretty much imagine the issues these two have to face, as they decide whether or not to start a "serious" relationship. "How Stella..." is a pleasant movie, despite the often sappy touches that almost mar the film. The love story itself is fairly predictable, although the supporting roles from Suzzane Douglas and the always-dependable Regina King are pretty good. Don't go looking to get blown away by this movie. Like the novel on which it's based, it will pass your time nicely without requiring any deep thought.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2001
Format: DVD
This movie has a promising start, but falters midway through. Where the book was entertaining and fun, the movie changes the story to insert dramatic subplots that did not exist in the book and make it more of a downer. Also, the picture on the cover promises much more Jamaica than is delivered - the movie does not focus on Jamaica as much as the book did, which minimizes its escapist potential. The casting is excellent and the acting good, and there are many funny parts, but on the whole the movie is simply average. Wait for it to come on TV, but don't spend your money on it. Buy the book instead and take it to the beach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. YoMo on August 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I just saw this movie again this past weekend. Each time I do, I want to hop on the next plane to Jamaica. The shots of the island and Stella's room were wonderful! Angela Bassett's performance as Stella was refreshing. There aren't too many movies which showcase successful, intelligent, and independent African American women. And, of course, Stella's beauty and physique makes 40 worth looking forward to. I didn't think that the chemistry between Winston (Taye Diggs) and Stella was very magical, at least not like in the book, but I thought they made a nice pairing thanks to Bassett's performance. And Diggs' performance in the shower made him a worthwhile addition. The best chemistry was between Bassett and Goldberg. They remind me so much of me and my best friend! And the bickering between the sisters was hilarious. The women, in general, just stand out in this film. A great movie to watch especially when hanging out with the girls.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "gotstuff" on October 4, 2000
Format: DVD
I was just flipping channels when I happened to run across this movie. I didn't even know what I was watching, but the engaging dialogue held my interest, so I just kept on watching - and I'm glad I did! I really enjoyed this movie about a gorgeous forty year old woman taking up with a friendly, charasmatic guy half her age. Will the relationship last beyond the initial thrill of romace in sunny, exotic Jamaica? Will it work in "real life" - after the vacation is over? These may be somewhat cliched questions, but the clever (and amazingly funny!) writing and excellent acting (with a little help from Whoopie Goldberg as the warm and humorous "best friend") make the whole film a delight to watch! My opinion, ladies? Your husband may not be thrilled, but this is a great flick to watch either alone, or with your girlfriends!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Y. Thompson on August 31, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
My trips to Jamaica are re-lived through this movie! Whenever I want to take relax and take a quick vacation, I pop this movie in the VCR and watch the sights of the beautiful country, listen to the adoring Jamaican speech, and listen to the wonderful Carribean crickets. This movie was filmed in Kingston and includes all the wonderful sights and sounds of a beautiful island.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lieder on July 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
There are movies that tend to cater to one gender over another and are the source of constant coercion, arguing and surrenders for couples. On one side you got guns, explosions, macho lines delivered over the sound of guns and explosions, and on the other hand you get a bunch of women sitting around talking about their feelings and using men as existentialist means to finding themselves.
This movie is of the latter case and in that category it's not a bad movie. Angela Basset goes to Jamaica, picks up a young guy (at least 20 years younger than her) and then spends the rest of the movie alternately enjoying her conquest and being embarrassed by the whole cradle robbing thing.
What's nice about this movie and what distinguishes a good chick movie from a lousy chick movie (or a good movie from a bad movie most of the time) is that there is a real honesty. Angela Bassett's crisis comes from being ambivalent and she plays both roles rather well. Everyone else is looking at her congratulating her on her being able to pick up such a young guy but she knows that they are laughing about the age difference as well. This entire movie is Bassett getting over her reservations about wanting this particular guy and it is nice to see the whole old-young couple gender role reversal.
The rest of the characters are pretty secondary. Whoopie Goldberg is Whoopie Goldberg but she's used well. Taye Diggs is fairly dull as a character. He's almost there exclusively to be understanding. He doesn't have any ambivalence, but since it's not his story, I don't think he's allowed to have any ambivalence. He still comes off as a sympathetic character with a good heart, so he's NOT just a young bimbo for Bassett to pick up - although I think there should be some of that thinking going on in the audience.
Overall, a good movie mostly for Angela Bassett's performance.
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