Aquamarine (film)

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Aquamarine
Aquamarine (poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Elizabeth Allen
Produced by Susan Cartsonis
Written by Jessica Bendinger
John Quaintance
Based on Aquamarine 
by Alice Hoffman
Starring Sara Paxton
Joanna Levesque
Emma Roberts
Music by David Hirschfelder
Cinematography Brian Breheny
Editing by Jane Moran
Studio Storefront Pictures
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03) (United States)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[1]
Box office $23,006,849[1]

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.

Plot[edit]

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. Their advice stems more from the magazines than from any personal experience, and they soon realize that some things are 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). He rescues Aquamarine from public discovery and then Aqua grants him a wish, after which he has a lovely relationship with Bonnie (Lulu McClatchy), his long-time crush. Eventually, it is not Raymond who convinces Aquamarine's father about love, but Claire and Hailey, who are willing to give up their wish and their lives to help out a friend. Raymond and Aquamarine share a kiss and promise to meet again in the future. Raymond promises that he will wait for her in Fiji. Hailey and Claire obtain their wish from Aquamarine, but decide not to use it until later. Aquamarine gives Hailey and Claire a starfish earrings, which tell Hailey that she is beautiful inside and out and tell Claire that she is courageous and has a true heart. The trio say goodbye and promise to see each other soon.

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Reception[edit]

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."[2] On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film holds 51/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

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.[1]

The film was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for "Choice Breakout (Female)" and "Choice Chick Flick" and two nominations and one win for the Young Artist Awards.

Soundtrack[edit]

Aquamarine
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released February 21, 2006
Genre Pop, Rock
Label Universal Motown Republic Group/La La Land
  1. "One Original Thing" – Cheyenne Kimball
  2. "Strike" – Nikki Flores
  3. "Connected" – Sara Paxton
  4. "One and Only" – Teitur
  5. "Right Now 2004" – Atomic Kitten
  6. "Island in the Sun" – Emma Roberts
  7. "Time for Me to Fly" – Nick Jonas
  8. "Can't Behave" – Courtney Jaye
  9. "Summertime Guys" – Nikki Cleary
  10. "One Way or Another" – Mandy Moore
  11. "Sweet Troubled Soul" – Stellastarr
  12. "I Like the Way You Move" – Bodyrockers

In 2008, La La Land Records released a limited edition CD (1000 pressings) of David Hirschfelder's score (incorporating the voice of Sara Paxton) for the film.

  1. "Main Titles"
  2. "The Storm"
  3. "Washed Ashore"
  4. "Claire Falls In"
  5. "Meeting Aqua"
  6. "The Next Morning/Shell Phone Call"
  7. "Making the Deal"
  8. "Ray & Aqua/Magazines"
  9. "Paddleboat Date"
  10. "The Water Tower"
  11. "Hailey Rides the Dolphins"
  12. "Aqua's Decision"
  13. "First Kiss"
  14. "Cecilia Climbs the Tower"
  15. "Hailey and Claire Argue"
  16. "The Pier/Storm/The Buoy"
  17. "The Tear/Goodbyes"
  18. "Finale"
Other songs featured in the film[4]

Home media[edit]

The film was released June 13, 2006, on Region 1 DVD.

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