World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Article Id: WHEBN0002602021
Reproduction Date:

Title: How Stella Got Her Groove Back  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Taye Diggs, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture, Angela Bassett, 1998 in film, Terry McMillan
Collection: 1990S Romantic Comedy Films, 1998 Films, 20Th Century Fox Films, African-American Films, American Films, American Romantic Comedy Films, Directorial Debut Films, English-Language Films, Female Buddy Films, Films Based on American Novels, Films Based on Novels, Films Based on Romance Novels, Films Set in Jamaica, Films Set in San Francisco, California, Films Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Films Shot in Jamaica, Films Shot in San Francisco, California, Novels by Terry McMillan, Screenplays by Ronald Bass
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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
Starring Angela Bassett
Taye Diggs
Whoopi Goldberg
Music by Michel Colombier
Cinematography Jeffrey Jur
Edited by George Bowers
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • 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]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
    • Box office 3.1
  • Soundtrack 4
  • Accolades 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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 New York friend 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 the responsibilities of 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

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)


  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".  
  5. ^ Margaret A. McGurk (August 14, 1998). "Bassett gets her groove".  
  6. ^ Roger Ebert (August 14, 1998). "How Stella Got Her Groove Back".  
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for August 14-16, 1998".  

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.