How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How Stella Got Her Groove Back ★★ 1998 (R)
Underneath the flawless physique and upscale way of life, fortyish single mom Stella (Bassett) is sad; too much work and no love life is to blame. Coaxed by her best friend Delilah (Goldberg), Stella takes a trip to Jamaica where she falls in love with 20-year-old islander Winston (Diggs in his film debut). A flipside to the May-December romance that is purely more gloss (picturesque shots of the Carribean landscape) than grit. Bassett glows in a tailormade role and muscular hunk Diggs is a find, but perfection in casting can't rescue this hollow romance that woefully missteps after a promising beginning. Based on the novel by Terry McMillan. 124m/C VHS, DVD . Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg, Taye Diggs, Regina King, Suzzanne Douglass, Richard Lawson, Michael J. Pagan, Barry (Shabaka) Henley, Sicily; D: Kevin Rodney Sullivan; W: Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan; C: Jeffrey Jur; M: Michel Colombier.