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Angela Bassett is Stella, a rich, fantastic-looking 40-year-old divorcee who falls for a handsome 20-year-old (Taye Diggs) while vacationing in Jamaica. They have a quick fling, but then he gets hired as a chef and has to spend most of his time working. Since Stella wasn't comfortable about having an affair with someone twenty years younger, she doesn't - at first - seem to miss him. But when she gets home and he calls her, she's thrilled to hear from him, and before you know it, she's back in Jamaica. It's not long before she leaves Jamaica - with her young lover - and heads home for San Francisco. Later, she even reluctantly lets him meet her family - actually, they trap her into it in one of the movie's more comical scenes.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back was a bit long - Stella just couldn't decide if she was going to marry him or not - but it held my attention. Most enjoyable was Whoopi Goldberg's role as Stella's wisecracking best friend; the scenes with Stella's nosy, interfering family were remarkably funny, too.