How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Synopsis: 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. 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: 20th Century Fox
  4 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min


No, Sidney, GKOs are Russian bonds.

They're guaranteeing 650/o interest

on your money.

The government's never defaulted on one.

lt's safe. It's a lock.

It's 650/o on your money.

So if you want in for 10 million, do it.

Michelle, get me Bill Moore, Skip Regent.

l need 20 clients back to back.

We have 35 minutes left.

-You working the GKO?

-Yes, Isaac, it's my day off.

l'm late for an appointment,

which l can't break.

Because, sweetheart, these funds

are never available to individual investors.. .

...except this one just opened with a

two-hour window, of which there are...

...34 minutes left. So...

...speak up. Do you want to be rich?

Or do you want to wallow in regret?

Whatever l'm taking,

you make me work for it, sweetie.

Love to Emily.

l'm in trouble, okay?

l need you.

Let me get with you

at the end of the day, Isaac.

l may have blown off Peg Heinrich.

l can't wait for the end of the day.

-l'll be right in.



Bill Moore on two.

Theresa, confirm Sidney at 10 million,

650/o, due 2/28/99 at par.


Yes, Ms. Payne.

Hello, Bill? Stella.

How are you doing?

Feel like making some money?

All right.

l'm thinking of introducing Stella

to one of Kennedy's buddies.

He's a judge.

You don't know what brand of men

Stella likes.

Neither does she, so be quiet.

You need to mind your own business.

You can start by

checking the want ads for a maid.

Stop being so damn cheap.

No one knows how to clean my house

better than l. The judge is very nice.

Which means boring as hell.

Tell him not to get his hopes up on Stella

because our sister is stuck on stale.

Well, right now,

what other prospects does she have?


How was the mud?

We don't do mud.

And in case you were wondering...

...if we were talking about you

behind your back, we were.

l'm here to relax

because l stress enough at work.

Besides, l thought you guys

were my allies.

We are, Stella, but when was the last time

you had a decent date? Tell the truth.

When was the last time you paid

a bill on time? Tell the truth.

-She's got a point.

-Shut up, Angela.

Before l put a curse on you and them

babies turn out looking like gerbils.

-Anything else, Cruella?


Don't talk to me for the next two hours.

You need a husband

and your son needs a father.

Had one. Got rid of him.

So glad l did.

The last time l checked, Walter was still

Quincy's father, if you've forgotten.

You still need a man in your life.

Angela, just because Kennedy writes,

produces, directs, stars in your drama.. .

.. .don't fool yourself.

Not every woman needs

that kind of guidance.

You can be so defensive.

It's really sad.

lf you'd listened to Ma instead of marrying

the second guy you ever slept with--

Why not just induce labor... you can hurry and have somebody

to tell what to do?

-l'm gonna get up right now--

-Whoa! Ladies, ladies, ladies!

l am not feeling any love in this room

at this time.

Correct me if l'm wrong, Stella,

but this is your treat...

...because you know my money

is too funny.


Oh, no, you didn't.

No, you didn't!

You don't even know us.

Why are you laughing?

She's so fake.

Get over it.

Girl, you're too many things.

-Keep up with me.


Whatever you do,

don't say anything about his weight.

Mom, give me a break.

Dad never reads labels.

Calories or fat, cholesterol, sodium.

That stuff means nothing to him.

Mom, what'll you do for two weeks

without your loving son?

Clean your room.

Mom, no. Please don't go in my room.

Don't touch anything.

l like it the way it is.

But you can't find anything.

l know where everything is.

It may not look like it, but l do.

-What's it worth to you if l don't?

-Say l'll be your best friend?

Right. You already are, dude,

but cash has always worked for me.

What? What did you forget?

l want you to try to have some fun

while l'm gone.


l mean it.

l know.



That was such a great day.

We had so much fun.


Bored? Stressed-out? Overworked?

Then what you dong sttng there

when you know you need some sun?

All t takes s one phone call...

...and you're on your way

to the most beautful place on earth...

.. .where the water caresses you by day

and sngs you a lullaby at nght.

So come on.

What you watng for?

Put that work down. grl.

l say. what you dong sttng there when

you know you need some sun. Stella?



Ths s Judge Spencer Boyle.

Angela gave me your number.

She sad you were expectng my call.

Oh, uh....

Yes. Judge.

Um, so nice of you to call.

-l was hopng maybe we mght....

Why not?

-That gves me a lot of optons.


lt's refreshng

to fnd a young woman.. .

.. .who doesn't play hard to get.

Oh, yeah. That's me. l'm easy.

l only meant

that no games s knd of refreshng.

l hear you're an athlete.

Maybe we could go runnng together


l don't see why not.

Ths went well.

-Goodbye. Stella.


Call your travel agent or

1-800-JAMAICA. We'll be watng for you.


Ths s Eartha Ktt.

Dellah's not home rght now.

so leave her a message.


Delilah! Where are you, girl?

l got a brilliant idea.

Let's go to Jamaica.

Are you game or lame?

Call me back ASAP.


Ths s Eartha Ktt.

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Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan (born October 31, 1951) is an American author. Her work is characterized by relatable female protagonists. more…

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