Aquamarine

2006

Aquamarine

Critics Consensus

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

51%

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Total Count: 88

61%

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User Ratings: 296,526
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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.

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Critic Reviews for Aquamarine

All Critics (88) | 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • For supervising grownups, its giddy leanings will induce seasickness.

    May 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This movie, in fact, is all about conformity.

    Mar 7, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This film is entirely harmless. It's utterly forgettable.

    Mar 6, 2006
  • The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.

    Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Aquamarine isn't good enough to be a teen classic, but its audience will leave the theater happy.

    Mar 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Aquamarine

  • Dec 02, 2011
    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.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    I am not sure if I want to waste your time at all reading this review... I saw it because it was a Gold Coast product from Australia (of course all Australian actors had a bad American accents) and I regretted it. Simple story, but at moments (like a mermaid swimming big time in 10 m swimming pool and no one could see her) really unbelievable! At the time when credits were due, it was understandable that acting couches were listed - they all needed them so badly!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2011
    Simple plot line with bad acting. Not a bad film for a boring day
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer

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