How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romance film, directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan and an adaptation of Terry McMillan's bestselling novel by the same title. The original music score was composed by Michel Colombier.
The movie follows Stella (Angela Bassett), a divorced 40-year-old stockbroker who decided to forgo romance to focus on raising her son and advancing her career. She is persuaded by her best friend Delilah to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica. As she soaks in the beauty of the island, she encounters a strapping young islander, Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs, in his film debut), who is 20 years her junior. His pursuits for her turn into a hot and steamy 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.
Tropes associated with this work:
- Author Avatar: Stella is one for Terry McMillan, as the book is inspired directly by something that personally happened to her.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Winston Shakespeare, though many Jamaicans have English names due to the nation's history.
- The Film of the Book: Based on Terry McMillan's bestselling novel.
- Likes Older Women: Winston pursues Stella with no regard to her age. Or maybe because of it.
- MayDecember Romance: Stella is twice Winston's age.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Winston's mother is only a year older than Stella, and is not happy with the relationship.
- Shower of Angst: Winston takes one after a fight with Stella. She joins him though and it becomes a Shower of Love.