Aquamarine (2006)

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

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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.
Rating:
PG (for mild language and sensuality)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Emma Roberts
as Claire
Sara Paxton
as Aquamarine
Jake McDorman
as Raymond
Arielle Kebbel
as Cecilia
Bruce Spence
as Leonard
Tammin Sursok
as Marjorie
Roy Billing
as Grandpa Bob
Julia Blake
as Grandma Maggie
Shaun Micallef
as Storm Banks
Dichen Lachman
as Beth-Ann
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' Levesque
as Hailey's Starfish Earrings
Nathan Lockwood
as Halfday Band Member
Jessica Danielle Smith
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 (88) | Top Critics (31)

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 23, 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.

March 6, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The movie has a sweetness and innocence that makes it near perfect entertainment for its target audience.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Aquamarine isn't good enough to be a teen classic, but its audience will leave the theater happy.

Full Review… | March 3, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Aquamarine

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

Wildaly M
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
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
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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