How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How stella got her groove back.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Produced by Deborah Schindler
Screenplay by Terry McMillan
Ron Bass
Based on How Stella Got Her Groove Back
by Terry McMillan
Music by Michel Colombier
Cinematography Jeffrey Jur
Edited by George Bowers
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14)
Running time
124 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[2]
Box office $39,278,722[2]

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Regina King. The original music score was composed by Michel Colombier.[3]


Stella Payne is a very successful 40-year-old stockbroker raising her son, Quincy, and living in Marin County, California, who is persuaded by her best friend from college Delilah Abraham to take a well-deserved, first-class vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica. As she soaks in the beauty of the island, she encounters a handsome young islander, Winston Shakespeare, who is twenty years younger. His pursuit of her turns into a blossoming romance that forces Stella to take personal inventory of her life and try to find a balance between her desire for love and companionship, and her responsibilities as a mother and corporate executive.



The reception from critics was mixed.[4][5][6] How Stella Got Her Groove Back currently holds a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 48 reviews.

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, Stella grossed $11,318,919, ranking #2 in the domestic box office behind Saving Private Ryan's fourth weekend.[7] The film would go on to gross $36,672,941 domestically and an additional $1,605,781 overseas for a worldwide total of $39,278,722. From an estimated $20 million budget, this can be considered a moderate success.[2]


A soundtrack containing mostly R&B and reggae music was released on August 11, 1998, by MCA Records. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and was certified gold on September 22, 1998.


1999 Acapulco Black Film Festival
  • Best Actress — Angela Bassett (won)
  • Best Actor — Taye Diggs (nominated)
  • Best Actress — Whoopi Goldberg (won)
  • Best Director — Kevin Rodney Sullivan (nominated)
  • Best Film (won)
  • Best Screenplay — Terry McMillan (nominated)
  • Best Soundtrack (won)
1999 NAACP Image Awards
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture — Angela Bassett (won)
  • Outstanding Motion Picture (won)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Whoopi Goldberg (won)
  • Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress — Michael J. Pagan (won)


  1. ^ "HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 1998-11-17. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c How Stella Got Her Groove Back at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Gene Seymour (August 21, 1998). "Angela Bassett Reaches a Stellar Groove at Last". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  4. ^ Stephen Holden (August 14, 1998). "FILM REVIEW; He Likes Video Games? Nobody's Perfect". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  5. ^ Margaret A. McGurk (August 14, 1998). "Bassett gets her groove". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  6. ^ Roger Ebert (August 14, 1998). "How Stella Got Her Groove Back". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for August 14-16, 1998". Box Office Mojo. 1998-08-17. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 

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