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Plot: Stella is a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker who is persuaded by her colorful New York girlfriend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Jamaica. As she soaks in the beauty of the island, she encounters a strapping, young islander, Winston Shakespeare. Runtime: 124 min Release Date: 14 Aug 1998
Pushing the envelope, social commentary and a wonderful romantic comedy (by DevilDoll)
Stella pushed the envelope-- and in that, if only that, it has merit. By showing that an all black cast can attract a wider audience and interestingly, it's usually white folks who don't like the movie.. one begins to wonder why? and a black actress, Angela Bassett, prodigiously talented, brilliant, and as a bonus, beautiful, can convincingly portray a woman who is torn between what she has always been taught is right, and what her heart is telling her is right.. is a timeless story.Add to that the crackling comic relief of Whoopi Goldberg, and two very funny sisters representing <more>
opposing views and lifestyles, and you have a nice mix. More envelope pushing? One of the sisters is married to a white guy -- nothing is made of it, it just is. The point made, of course, is that interracial marriage isn't something odd or different or in need of explanation or commentary. One of the better ways to attack institutionalized racism, racism that is bred into us as we grow up, is to show images that combat those assumptions and to make those images as nonchalant and matter of fact as possible. This was done very well in Stella.Of course, if one doesn't like romantic comedy, or if one nurses prejudice, consciously or subconsciously, the movie won't be appealing.I, however, found it charming, funny, enjoyable, and delightful. I loved Angela Bassett's performance, I am in awe of her talent and her beauty yes, a woman can appreciate another woman's beauty.. we need not attack each other, we can be sisters, can we not? and I loved Whoopi Goldberg's comic relief. Taye Diggs? Well, we shall see. He's certainly easy on the eye, and he did a credible job with his role. I'd like to see him in more before I decide if he's good, great, or somewhere in between. Based solely on Stella, I think he's good, and very promising.The movie did not track the book as much as I would have liked -- I don't want to say in what ways because I don't want to ruin it for those of you who are going to go and read the book.Do read the book if you haven't -- it's excellent, wonderful reading. My favorite, in fact, of Terry McMillan's work.Another point; Stella is depicted a stock broker. Some found that to lack credibility. Why? Are those folks trying to suggest that there are no women or black women stock brokers? I can tell you that there are, and introduce you to a few if you'd like -- I know several of them. And money? Yes, there actually are well to do, single, black, mothers who are professionals in a number of fields including law, medicine, academia, business, government -- everywhere. Not enough, but they're there, and they're forging the way for more to come.Someone else said that it wasn't credible that the Winston character would fall so quickly in love with the Stella character. Why not? Stella was portrayed as beautiful, intriguing, very intelligent, she looked no older than 25 -- why would a 20 year old not want to be with a woman like that? Why would any man not want to be with someone like that? Of course it was credible.The movie was humorous remember Ms. Thang "How nice that you're visiting with your mother." rofl, that was hysterical.. "oh yes, I've missed my mother very much".. pause wicked grins followed by a long kiss that had nothing maternal about it .. as Ms. Thang flounces away, having received her comeuppence very nicely. I guffawed and loved it.I'm truly mystified by those who didn't like the movie. I admit to its flaws, and the fact that it didn't track the book in some ways.. but it had so very much going for it.. everything from the envelope pushing of interracial marriage, and the age difference.. where usually it is the man who is older and professional, and the woman who is younger, and no one finds that odd or different. How many men are married to women 20, 30, years their junior? Society says nothing about that.. A 20 year difference? How often do you see a 45 year old man with a 25 year old woman? Every day, everywhere. It's something that goes without comment.Here we have it reversed, and we see how hard it is for the female character to break the bonds of that double standard. But she does. Isn't that a role model, a positive break from the typical older male/younger female scene that we usually see and take in stride as completely acceptable and quite normal. Reverse it and everyone gasps.. "Isn't she old enough to be his MOTHER?!?!" While the men who are old enough to be their wives' fathers and grandfathers pass without a blink of the eye, without a comment.But the social commentary, the envelope pushing -- it was there and it was good, but the movie's humor, the love story, the laughter.. that's what made the movie great fun. It could have just won points on social commentary, but it didn't.. it won them on purely cinematic/acting grounds. The fact that it also contained social commentary was simply a huge bonus.. and we know that psychologically, folks are more likely to absorb social commentary when it is presented in a way that isn't a polemic, a lecture, a heavy-handed "after school special."My vote.. On the book- 9/10 On the movie 8/9 or better.Comments on this overly long review? > I don't usually come back to see how my comments are received. Flame mail? Please don't, because it's a negative waste of time.. but real discussion I always welcome, whether the other person agrees or disagrees, as long as the issue is discussed, and personal attacks are not made.Someone suggested watching White Palace, and said that it is the same story, but grittier, with Susan Sarandon a great actress and James Spader. I think I'll rent that next ;
Though provoking film that transcends age, race, and Gender. (by Templegod)
Angela Bassett is absolutely the finest actress working today. Every performance she puts in is masterful, however this is by far her best to date. As a male in my early 30s I normally don't like love stories, but I have always enjoyed Angela's work. The movie was stylish and the 40 year old actress still looks 25. She is tough, but caring throughout the movie. I don't spoil plots, but it is nice to see Angela be in a movie with romance involved. And for all you immature kids out there don't expect to see Angela topless or anything No Nudity clause in her contract , but she <more>
exudes enough sexuality while still leaving it up to the imagination. If you want to see the tough side of Angela go rent Strange Days.
Charming romantic drama that will make you laugh, smile, and feel good from start to finish (by Catherine_Grace_Zeh)
HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, in my opinion, is a charming romantic drama that will make you laugh, smile, and feel good. If you ask me, Stella Angela Bassett totally deserved the trip to Jamaica. In my opinion, the way she met Winston Taye Diggs was absolutely romantic. Despite the fact that he was twenty years her junior, I believe the way they met was romantic. In conclusion, I highly recommend this charming romantic drama that will make you laugh, smile, and feel good to any Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, or Whoopi Goldberg fan who hasn't seen it. You're in for lots of <more>
laughter, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with a friend, and watch it.
Forget about the film and it's plot, even though it's not as bad as made out! If you love Jamaica then you'll love the film for it's colour, atmosphere, sun, sounds and other Jamaican memories.If you've been there it will take you back in an instant. If you want to go it will tempt you just hope you can afford an all inclusive 5-star resort! .In the initial stages, as the aeroplane flies into Montego Bay, all the memories come flooding back - the special warmth and the smells that hit you as they open the aeroplane doors. Once you get through the airport something special <more>
happens to you and your life forever.It's the island that's beautiful and the film conveys some of it. There is a lot more to discover for the adventurous.
A Truly Romantic yet Kinda Corny Movie... (by DrkHartGrl)
The first time I saw this movie I wanted to immediately hop a plane to Jamaica! I don't think it was the "meet the man of my dreams" part, but the scenery. It was just breathtaking although the men aren't too bad to look at either! . As for the story, it was a good distraction from typical reality, because, let's face it ladies, we believe that doesn't happen everyday especially to ourselves . The soundtrack was another good part of the movie, I just loved it. This movie is the kind that gives you hope for true romantic love, but in this cynical day and age most <more>
people don't let themselves be pulled in, or fooled, by the seemingly unrealistic situation. For those of us with a little romance still left, this is a wonderful movie. For those without, I'm sorry. These are my thoughts excluding the latest headlines, I don't want to spoil my original feeling toward the movie .
This is a must see, especially for women! (by Brit-12)
This movie is good on SO many levels! Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs are just gorgeous to watch on a screen for two hours! The scenery is beautiful, and the storyline is really engaging aside from the lame Whoopi Goldberg sub-plot . This is a sexy, intriguing movie with great characters that really wraps you up in romance and reality and the problems the two have when they connect, especially when it is not anticipated or expected! Ignore the bad reviews. This is a good movie with positive characters!