|How Stella Got Her Groove Back/C+,A|
| How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a
likeable romance about a forty year old woman falling in love with a twenty year old hunk
while on vacation in Jamaica. The Jamaica locales are beautiful, as are those of San
Francisco. The characters are very engaging and its nice for a change to see an
older woman involved with a much younger man.
Angela Bassett has such screen confidence its a pleasure to watch her perform. Bassett makes Stella go. Shes the sun around which everything revolves. Taye Diggs is very appealing as Winston. He is able to charm audiences with the same ebullience that captures Stellas heart. I must say that Bassett does not look significantly older than co-star Taye Diggs; as a result, all the comments and significant looks regarding the age differential lose some of their significance.
While the main players are fun to watch, the
surrounding characters are cliché. Whoopi Goldberg has good energy as Stellas best
buddy, but she is not given much to play. Regina King and Suzzanne Douglass playing
Stellas sisters are given the impossible task of making flesh and blood out of