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Saturday, July 15, 2023

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

"How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (1998) is a romance film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from the best-selling novel by Terry McMillan under the same title. The movie stars an incredible cast, including Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King, and Suzzanne Douglas. The film was a box office success grossing nearly $40 million on a $20 million budget. In addition, the soundtrack to the movie peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Writers: Terry McMillan, Ron Bass

Starring Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King, Suzzanne Douglas, Michael J. Pagan, Sicily Johnson, Richard Lawson, Barry Shabaka Henley, Lee Weaver, Glynn Turman, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Denise Hunt, Lisa Hanna, James Pickens Jr., Philip Casnoff, Lou Myers

Unlucky-in-love stockbroker Stella (Angela Bassett) jets to Jamaica with her gal pal Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg) for fun in the sun. The 40-year-old working woman has an island fling with Winston (Taye Diggs), a handsome 20-something. When it's time to return to California, Stella realizes she's developed real feelings for her new man. But, with their distance from each other, not to mention their age disparity, does a real relationship stand a chance?