Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Elizabeth Allen|
|Produced by||Susan Cartsonis|
|Written by||Jessica Bendinger
by Alice Hoffman
|Music by||David Hirschfelder|
|Editing by||Jane Moran|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Aquamarine is a 2006 Australian-American teen fantasy comedy film starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts, and Joanna "JoJo" Levesque (in her film debut). The film, which was made in both the United States and Australia, was released in North America on March 3, 2006. The film, loosely based on a children's book on the same name by Alice Hoffman, and directed by American director Elizabeth Allen was filmed in Queensland, Australia.
Two teenage best friends, Hailey Rogers (JoJo) and Claire Brown (Emma Roberts), regret that they will be separated in five days, since Hailey has to move to Australia because of her mother's (Claudia Karvan) job. One night, after a violent storm, Hailey wishes for a miracle that will make her mother change her mind about moving, and so they find a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) in the swimming pool of their beach club. The girls are frightened at first, but then curious. They start to talk with Aquamarine and promise her they will be back in the morning.
The next morning, Claire wakes up and hears a strange commotion down at the swimming pool where they left Aquamarine. Claire's grandparents Bob and Maggie (Roy Billing and Julia Blake) were clearing the pool because of the huge storm. Both Claire and Hailey quickly rush down to save Aquamarine but when they reach the pool, everything has been cleared. They hear noises by the nearby beach's snack shack and find a nude Aquamarine. The only difference is that she has legs instead of a mermaid's tail. Aquamarine tells them she can assume human form on land during the day if she does not get wet. Claire and Hailey become friends with Aquamarine, who tells them that she came to land to find love, an idea she knows nothing about, but desires desperately. She tells them that she made a deal with her father that if she can prove love is not a myth, she will not have to undergo an arranged marriage to a spoiled merman, but she only has three days to do it. She notices a handsome lifeguard named Raymond (Jake McDorman), whom Claire and Hailey have admired for a while, and enlists the help of the two girls to win his heart in return for granting their wish. The girls see their opportunity to keep Hailey from moving and quickly work on prepping Aquamarine on the how-tos of attracting a man. These self-educated relationship experts, having gained all their knowledge from reading magazines every day and often quote them, soon realize it's a lot easier said than done.
Claire and Hailey's rival - a spoiled, rich girl named Cecilia (Arielle Kebbel) - tries her best to stop them, but ultimately fails, causing her father to cut off her driving privileges. Also prominent is an eccentric, compassionate caretaker, Leonard (Bruce Spence), rescues Aquamarine from public discovery and then Aqua grants him a wish; he now has a lovely relationship with Bonnie (Lulu McClatchy), his long-time crush. Eventually, it is not Raymond that convinces Aquamarine's father about love, but Claire and Hailey, who are willing to give up their wish and their lives in the aiding of a friend. Raymond and Aquamarine share a kiss and promise to meet up again in the future, Raymond promises he'll wait for her in Fiji. Hailey and Claire get their wish from Aquamarine, but decide not to use it until later. Aquamarine gives both Hailey and Claire a starfish earring, which tells Hailey that she is beautiful inside and out, and Claire is courageous and has a true heart.The trio all say goodbye and promise to see each other soon.
- Sara Paxton Aquamarine
- Emma Roberts as Claire Brown
- JoJo Levesque as Hailey Rogers
- Jake McDorman as Raymond
- Arielle Kebbel as Cecilia Banks
- Claudia Karvan as Ginny Rogers
- Bruce Spence as Leonard
- Tammin Sursok as Marjorie
- Roy Billing as Grandpa Bob
- Julia Blake as Grandma Maggie
- Shaun Micallef as Storm Banks
- Lulu McClatchy as Bonnie
- Natasha Cunningham as Patty
- Dichen Lachman as Beth
- Lincoln Lewis as Theo
- Julia Blake as Jessica
Aquamarine received mixed to positive reviews; it currently[when?] holds a 52% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "A lighthearted, gum-smacking, boy-crazy film with a hopeful message for young girls." On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film holds 51/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The film opened in the North American box office at #5 with $7,482,669; by the end of its domestic run, the film grossed $18,597,342 domestically and $23,006,849 worldwide.
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||February 21, 2006|
|Label||Universal Motown Republic Group/La La Land|
- "One Original Thing" – Cheyenne Kimball
- "Strike" – Nikki Flores
- "Connected" – Sara Paxton
- "One and Only" – Teitur
- "Right Now 2004" – Atomic Kitten
- "Island in the Sun" – Emma Roberts
- "Time for Me to Fly" – Nick Jonas
- "Can't Behave" – Courtney Jaye
- "Summertime Guys" – Nikki Cleary
- "One Way or Another" – Mandy Moore
- "Sweet Troubled Soul" – Stellastarr
- "I Like the Way You Move" – Bodyrockers
- "Main Titles"
- "The Storm"
- "Washed Ashore"
- "Claire Falls In"
- "Meeting Aqua"
- "The Next Morning/Shell Phone Call"
- "Making the Deal"
- "Ray & Aqua/Magazines"
- "Paddleboat Date"
- "The Water Tower"
- "Hailey Rides the Dolphins"
- "Aqua's Decision"
- "First Kiss"
- "Cecilia Climbs the Tower"
- "Hailey and Claire Argue"
- "The Pier/Storm/The Buoy"
- "The Tear/Goodbyes"
- Other songs featured in the film
- "A Comer Chicharron (Guaracha)" – Charanga Cubana
- "City Girls Jr." – Simon Leadley
- "Control Me" – The A Team
- "Dejenme Vivir" – Charanga Cubana
- "Don't Cry Baby" – Alana Dafonseca
- "Drive Me Crazy" – Miss Eighty 6
- "I Rock Hard" – Miss Eighty 6
- "Island in the Sun" – Weezer
- "Big Wave – Pearl Jam
- "Underground" – Puretone
- "Smile" – Vitamin C
The film was released June 13, 2006, on Region 1 DVD.