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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Stella - wake up, you're in a bad movie!

Stella's sisters think her life is not complete without a man.  She is a successful stock broker with a spectacular house and a great eight-year-old son.  While in Jamaica she has an affair with a 20-year-old whose mother is the same age as Stella.

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce should have paid a fee for the free promotion.  There are plenty of beaches, parties, beautiful bodies, empty looks and nice hotels all over the screen.

Stella (Angela Bassett) looks spectacular, jogs, directs her staff and knows where she is until Jamaica where she jumps into bed with Winston (Taye Diggs).  She is not concerned with the drug culture in Jamaica or AIDS.

What should be a romance is a drab dull series of scenes and pictures with little to connect them and no attempt to develop insights into the characters.  Whoppi Goldberg is thrown in for laughs, and she cavorts enough to force a few.

For a film that is pegged toward mature African American, it  titillates, but more often it insults.

It is rated R for language and sexual situations.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back


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