Aquamarine (film)

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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
Edited by Jane Moran
Storefront Pictures
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03) (United States)
Running time
104 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.


Two 13 year-old 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. 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, the mermaid, 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 magazines than from any personal experience, and they soon realize that some things are easier said than done.

They go to carnival where Raymond and Aquamarine make a connection but is cut off when the sun sets. Then Claire and Hailey's rival - a spoiled, rich girl named Cecilia (Arielle Kebbel) pops up and goes to talk to Raymond.

The next day Aquamarine thinks about going back home (Cecilia told Raymond that Aquamarine was taken so that's why she left early) Hailey talks Aquamarine into staying; while Claire went to go confront Raymond about Aquamarine. Raymond then finds out that Cecilia lied, but Cecilia then has her friend try to throw Claire in the water (knowing Claire's parents drowned and that she doesn't like water). Claire then leaves crying and Raymond chases after her. After that he talks to Aquamarine and invites her to the Last Splash. That night at dinner Aquamarine and Raymond make a wonderful connection. However, Cecilia tries to mess it up before Claire and Hailey stop her and make her run out of the restaurant in embarrassment. Before the dinner date ended, Aquamarine kisses Raymond and tells him to meet her at the pier at 9 o clock (when the sun was setting). After that Hailey drops Aquamarine at a water tower to spend the night. So, jealous Cecilia follows them and climbs up the water tower and sees Aquamarine. She knocks down the ladder and goes to tell her friends but nobody believes her.

The next day Cecilia tells her father, a newscaster, that she heard somebody screaming calling for help inside the water tower. After that, her father calls the station to cast the story. Meanwhile, Claire and Hailey have an argument after Hailey said they should change their wish to have her stay because her mother worked hard to get this far. But Claire said they are not changing the wish. Then Hailey said that's why she doesn't have any friends. Sad Claire turns on the TV where she sees the water tower on the news and she quickly calls after Hailey. When they arrive they see the firefighters at the top of the ladder they get scared but turns out it was only an inflatable dolphin. After this, her dad says turn the camera off but not before Cecilia said there was a mermaid in there. Her father gets mad causing him to cut off her driving privileges. Also prominent is an eccentric, compassionate caretaker, Leonard (Bruce Spence), who rescues Aquamarine from public discovery and then she grants him a wish, after which he has a lovely relationship with Bonnie (Lulu McClatchy), his long-time crush. Afterward, Aquamarine meets Raymond at the pier where she asks him if he loves her but he says it's only been a day but he really likes her. Sad Aquamarine walks away but he catches up with her and talks with her. She says that it doesn't matter because he didn't love her. Interrupted by Cecilia, she pushes Aquamarine into the water where she turns into a mermaid and her dad tries to pull her back home. Hailey says she'll save Aquamarine then Claire stops her and tells her she is coming too. They hold hands and jump in.They meet up with Aquamarine and talk to her saying how her father can't do this but Aquamarine tells them he can because it was part of their deal. Sad, Claire and Hailey give up their wishes to save Aquamarine, she ask them why would they do that for her, they say because they love her. As a result, her dad lets her go. Aquamarine gives Hailey and Claire her starfish earrings and says they may be suckups but they never lie. Afterward, they say their last goodbyes then Raymond hops in and talks to Aquamarine saying he didn't know how to ask a mermaid out. 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. Raymond catches up with them and says they are both pretty extraordinary and gives them kisses on the cheek. In the end, the starfish earrings tell Hailey that she is beautiful inside and out and tell Claire that she is courageous and has a true heart. The two say goodbye and goes separate ways.



Aquamarine received mixed reviews;As of December 26, 2014, it currently holds a 51% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 88 reviews with an average score of 5.4/10, with the consensus saying "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 album by various artists
Released February 21, 2006
Genre Pop, 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]
  • "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
  • "Underground" – Puretone
  • "Smile" – Vitamin C

Home media[edit]

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

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