How Stella Got Her Groove Back

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

At age 40, Stella (Angela Bassett) seems to have it all. As a high-salaried stock broker, she is able to afford all the luxuries of life. She is a dedicated single African American mother and a devoted sister and friend. But lately, she's lost her passion for life or as her sisters would say "Stella's lost her groove". For what seems like forever, Stella has been responsible and has forgotten how to have fun. But Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg), Stella's outrageous friend, has the antidote, a vacation in Jamaica. There Stella can forget about her job, her demanding sisters and being the perfect mother. So Stella accompanies Delilah to Jamaica, where she is immediately attracted to a 20 year old Jamaican named Winston (Taye Diggs). And what begins as a vacation fling quickly turns into something more when Winston returns to America and moves in with Stella. It's not long before the 20 year age difference begins to cause problems. Viewers will find themselves laughing one minute and drawn into the characters the next, giving the film fairly broad audience appeal.

HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK is a sensual love story that crosses the boundaries of society's acceptable relationships. What would a 40 year old woman want with a 20 year old man is the question asked over and over again. And in this film, the woman simply wants to be loved by him. However, love seems to get confused with sex. Several times the women in this film make it known that they are looking for one night stands. Pre-marital sex is not only condoned, but promoted. When Stella's sister tells her she is making a mistake by sleeping around, she is bad-mouthed. There are several explicit sex scenes where the only nudity includes male rear nudity . But most surprising is a pajama party in which most of the women disrobe and dance topless. In addition to the nudity, there is an abundance of obscenities, including 13 f and s words. Unfortunately, how Stella gets her groove back makes this film unacceptable viewing.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
20th Century Fox Film Corp., P.O. Box 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90213

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (22) times - Mild 13, Moderate 9

Obscene Language: Many (22) times - f-word 7, s-word 6, other 9

Profanity: Several (5) times - Regular 2 (L 1, G 1) Exclamatory 3

Violence: Few times - Mild (boy pushes man)

Sex: Few times (couple in bed and in shower with rear male nudity); Implied once (couple in bed kissing )

Nudity: Many times (full female breast nudity, rear male nudity); Near Nudity - Many times (women in bikinis, jogging bras, lingerie, and thongs, men in underwear and g-string)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times: (crude references to sex, woman puts stuffing in male mannequin's underwear, some sensual dancing, many women dance topless, references to man's genitals and birth control)

Drugs: Few times (smoking and alcohol)

Other: None

Running Time: 135 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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