Aquamarine (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Aquamarine (2006)



Critic Consensus: A lighthearted, gum-smacking, boy-crazy film with a hopeful message for young girls.

Movie Info

Two teenagers think they have problems until they come to the rescue of a girl with a fishy story to tell in this teen-oriented comedy. Thirteen-year-old Claire (Emma Roberts) and same-aged Hailey (Joanne "JoJo" Levesque) are two close friends living in Tampa, FL, who are facing a separation in a few weeks -- Claire's mother is a marine biologist who has been given a prestigious new job in Australia, meaning the girls are not likely to see much of each other again. While the girls wonder if there's anything they can do to avoid the inevitable, a storm breaks out and the waves toss an unusual example of sea life into Hailey's swimming pool -- Aquamarine (Sara Paxton), a teenaged mermaid who has some problems of her own. Aquamarine's father is a leader of the undersea world who has arranged for his daughter to marry a boy whom she doesn't care for. It seems Dad doesn't put much stock in the land-locked notion of love, and unless Aquamarine can prove to him that it's real, she will have to go through with the wedding. Claire and Hailey find Aquamarine, and discover that she fortunately sprouts legs when on dry land during the daylight hours; after learning of her romantic dilemma, they decide to help her by teaching her how to turn the head of Raymond (Jake McDorman), a cute lifeguard at the nearby beach. However, pretty Aquamarine learns her lessons well enough to make Cecilia (Arielle Kebbel), a mean girl with a crush on Raymond, jealous, leading her into a battle over the young man's affections, which Aquamarine has to win if she wants to avoid a loveless marriage. Aquamarine was the first feature film from director Elizabeth Allen.more
Rating: PG (for mild language and sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alice Hoffman, John Quaintance, Jessica Bendinger, Elizabeth Egloff, Steven Rogers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
Box Office: $18.6M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Sara Paxton
as Aquamarine
Bruce Spence
as Leonard
Tammin Sursok
as Marjorie
Roy Billing
as Grandpa Bob
Julia Blake
as Grandma Maggie
Shaun Micallef
as Storm Banks
Robbie Parkin
as Pool Guy
Joey Massey
as Little Boy
Donna Fox
as Firewoman
Alice Hunter
as Beach Girl
Adam King
as Shopkeeper
Joanna 'JoJo' Levesq...
as Hailey's Starfish Ea...
Nathan Lockwood
as Halfday Band Member
Jessica Danielle Smi...
as Halfday Band Member
Dave Gilbert
as Halfday Band Member
Christopher Brady
as Halfday Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Aquamarine

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (32)

Unfortunately, the performances are often clunky and the art direction and CG are wanting, so anyone over the age of eight is likely to find it cheap around the edges. One for very little mermaids.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This movie, in fact, is all about conformity.

Full Review… | March 7, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

This film is entirely harmless. It's utterly forgettable.

Full Review… | March 6, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Little girls and salty sea dogs alike have long been held in thrall to the mermaid's siren song; in Aquamarine, based on Alice Hoffman's book, the ladyfish finds herself awash in the low tide of teen romantic comedy.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Director Elizabeth Allen sets a nicely easy-breezy tone for Aquamarine, but her comic timing is sometimes shaky and she sadly cannot overcome the weaknesses of the script.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

The movie scores a major victory in reaching its audience with the all-too-important message that they are fine just the way they are.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Aquamarine

Too cliche and formulaic. I wouldn't recommend it even to the target audience.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Aquamarine is crap, that is basically all I have to describe it. The story was boring, the cast was terrible, and overall I never enjoyed it one bit, it was a bad movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

A cute chick flick that also has you well up in tears of joy. Wasn't as bad as people say and it actually leaves you feeling really happy.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Aquamarine Quotes

Claire: It's good to have friends with fins.
– Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
Aquamarine: I need some salt.
– Submitted by Criselle M (3 years ago)
Aquamarine: Who needs Raymond? I found two new men to love. And their names are Ben and Jerry.
– Submitted by Criselle M (3 years ago)
Claire: You have to give her your t-shirt.
Hailey: No. My bathing suit's boy repellant. What if we see Raymond?
Claire: It's either your bathing suit or her birthday suit.
– Submitted by Criselle M (3 years ago)

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