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Aquamarine (2006)

Cast: Holly Graham, Holly Graham, Kate Callaghan, more...
Director: Elizabeth Allen, Elizabeth Allen
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Mermaids, Again by talltale June 12, 2006 - 8:23 PM PDT
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Every couple of decades or so there appears another popular "mermaid" movie. When I was a kid, it was "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid"; the 80s offered us "Splash" and later "The Little Mermaid"; and now we have AQUAMARINE. Equal part sweet and clever, this is a children's film that will appeal to adults ("Splash" was the opposite), but it is such a good children's film (tipped toward the "tween" set) that kids both older and younger (and even parents) ought to appreciate it, too.

The movie deals with problems that beset adolescents--moving away from friends, losing a parent, and what to do with one's budding interest in the opposite sex--and these will grab the tween set and probably evoke some sad or happy memories in older folk. Especially good is the minimal use of special effects: the mermaid looks real enough, but there is so little in the way of digital "magic" that when it does happen--the dolphins at the end--it's all the more captivating. Emma Roberts (Julia's niece) looks set to become quite a beautiful young woman, and the rest of the cast (many of them from Australia, where the movie was filmed) does a lovely job, as well.




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