Melissa Pierson
January 08, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
08/14/98
performer
Angela Bassett, Regina King, Taye Diggs, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Carl Lumbly
director
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
distributor
CBS/Fox Home Video
author
Terry McMillan
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C+

Embittered meanies (a.k.a. critics) can cavil all they want about this movie’s superficiality — it won’t stop an army of women from landing in video stores on release day. That’s because How Stella Got Her Groove Back offers something more potent than depth: monumental wish fulfillment, not to mention as many chic costume changes as a Saks window. Thus 40-year-old divorcée Stella (the ravishing Angela Bassett) sweeps off to a deluxe Jamaican resort with an eccentric pal (Whoopi Goldberg) and meets a native with the body of a god. Only problem: He’s half her age. But good sex and clothing can conquer all, even yakky scripts. And though Stella learns that money can’t buy happiness, it helps when you want to get to the beach and look your best.C+

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