How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How stella got her groove back.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan
Screenplay by
Based onHow Stella Got Her Groove Back
by Terry McMillan
Produced byDeborah Schindler
CinematographyJeffrey Jur
Edited byGeorge Bowers
Music byMichel Colombier
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14)
Running time
125 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million[2]
Box office$39.2 million[2]

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's best-selling 1996 novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs (in his film debut), 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 her junior. 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]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 50% based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Angela Bassett gracefully breezes through a hot summer fling without much conflict or ado, leaving us wondering when -- or if -- she's ever getting that groove back."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 56 out of 100, based on reviews from 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A−.[9]

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.[10] 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.[2]


A soundtrack containing mostly R&B and reggae was released on August 11, 1998, by MCA Records. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, 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)

See also[edit]


  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. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  6. ^ Roger Ebert (August 14, 1998). "How Stella Got Her Groove Back". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
  7. ^ "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" – via
  8. ^ "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" – via
  9. ^ HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (1998) Archived 2018-12-20 at the Wayback Machine CinemaScore
  10. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for August 14-16, 1998". Box Office Mojo. 1998-08-17. Retrieved 2013-02-03.

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