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Aquamarine (2006)

 -  Comedy | Family | Fantasy  -  3 March 2006 (USA)
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Two teenage girls discover a mermaid in their beach club's swimming pool.

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In a dreary Florida beach resort village, luscious-limbed lifeguard Raymond is the main attraction for girls. Teenager buddies Claire and Hailey became experts on him by observation, but never dared actually approach him, and after this closing summer season will be separated as one's parents move to Australia. Then they find a storm washed up in a pool a sassy mermaid, who promises them a wish if they help her prove to Neptune love exists, and Raymond is the only creature resembling a love-god. Written by KGF Vissers

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mermaid | beach | love | wish | storm | See more »

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A Fish-Out-Of-Water Comedy.


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Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,860 (New Zealand) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$58,828 (New Zealand) (7 July 2006)
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Sara Paxton's mermaid tail weighed over 100 pounds and was approximately 8 feet in length. See more »

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The movie is set in Florida but really was filmed in Australia. One scene in particular shows the girls reading magazines. One magazine is TotalGirl which is only sold in Australia and the areas around it. See more »

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Aquamarine: Starfish may be huge suck ups. But they never lie.
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After the regular cast credits the Roberts, Levesque, and Paxton also get credits for being the voice of their respective starfish earrings. See more »

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A Comer Chicharron (Guaracha)
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Fresh young faces, good film for genre
2 March 2006 | by (Calgary Canada) – See all my reviews

Aquamarine By Dean Kish For hundreds of years we have been fascinated with the nautical myth that there are beings in the oceans who are ½ fish and ½ woman. They are always young, beautiful and completely naive. Some classic films have captivated this obsession. The first biggest and most memorable film was the classic 1984 comedy "Splash" which really brought the myth back into the fore-front of our minds. Next was 1989's "The Little Mermaid" which stole our hearts and re-launched Disney's animation division.

Probably the most obscure reference and the most bizarre use of the mermaid myth was used in the short-lived TV series, "Maximum Bob" where an ultra right-wing judge (Beau Bridges) marries a psychic mermaid-performer (Kiersten Warren). There are a lot of scenes with Warren in an aquarium and dressed in her fish tail.

OK I have covered the biggest to the most obscure which brings me to "Aquamarine".

"Aquamarine" is a light-hearted preteen comedy about a naive mermaid, Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) who comes ashore to uncover the human myth called love. Helping her in finding this mythical emotion are two best friends, Claire and Hailey (Emma Roberts and JoJo), who befriend the mermaid. It turns out that the friends maybe separated forever when Hailey moves away. Aquamarine promises them a wish if they help her find true love so the girls, desperate to stay together, help her out.

This film is probably not a classic or will be fondly remembered in five years but for the audience it is aimed at it succeeds on many levels. I liked the performances of Emma Roberts and Sara Paxton. I even warmed up to JoJo a little.

What I kept saying as the film went on was how these three girls looked like junior versions of established actors. I felt that Paxton reminded me a lot of a younger Reese Witherspoon and Roberts reminded me some of her aunt, Julia Roberts. JoJo did also remind me of Lindsay Lohan but there isn't much of an age difference between them so you can't really say junior version.

I think that Paxton and Roberts have a lot of potential in their Hollywood careers. JoJo could have a career in film but does she have the ability to manage music and film like say, Hilary Duff. Only time will tell.

"Aquamarine" is a great little film if you have girls who are between 8 and 15 but other than that I can't really recommend it to anyone else. But you have to give it marks for succeeding so well in a pinch demographic. (3.5 out of 5) So Says the Soothsayer (dwkish@shaw.ca)


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