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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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Genre: Comedy
Rating: R
Release Date: 6-JAN-2009
Media Type: DVD

Product Details

  • 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: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000USU764
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" on IMDb

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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2002
Format: DVD
This is not your regular old girl meets boy movie.Angela B. is stunning at any age. Who says an older woman has to be sedate.It is truly a film that you will want to watch more than once.
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4 of 5 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 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horner on March 27, 2002
Format: DVD
pI couldn't help but enjoy How Stella Got Her Groove Back, though it deals only in surface emotions. Many people prefer not to deal with issues anyway, and this is a perfect romantic comedy/drama for them. It is far superior to 1998's other tropical island movie, the clunky Six Days, Seven Nights.
It is always fun to see Angela Basset and Whoppi Goldberg, two of our greatest actresses, on the screen. Their careers are somewhat similar. Both have had difficulty in obtaining consistently good roles. Both have been nominated for Best Actress Oscars. Goldberg won for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost.
Stella [Bassett] is the forty year old working mother of a ten year old boy. A successful financial executive, she's become a workaholic. Her friends see that her life is unbalanced, and they urge her to liven it up. She resists, but, finally, reality hits home. On a whim, she calls her oldest friend, Delilah [Whoppi Goldberg], and suggests a week in Jamaica. She's due a vacation, and the son is going off to see his Dad. The two pals hop on a plane. Stella has no clue as to just how lively her life is about to become.
She meets a sexy, intelligent man named Winston [Taye Davis]. There is instant mutual attraction. The catch it that Winston is half her age. Encouraged by the spunky, outrageous Delilah, Stella decides to have a short affair. Catch number two arises when this odd couple realizes the relationship is much deeper than a casual island fling. Stella tries to force an arbitrary end to it and returns home.
This is the basis for the plot. Where will the relationship end? How can something so socially unacceptable ever work? I think many people enjoy stories about eccentric or unusual people and situations.
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