Aquamarine (film)

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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
Edited by Jane Moran
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 of 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 mermaid tells the girls that she needs to prove to her father that love exists. She promised that if they helped the fish out, then they would get a wish. Feeling like this was their last hope, they introduced the mermaid to Raymond, so Aquamarine could possibly fall in love with him. The first time Aquamarine and Raymond meet, she asks him if he loves her, and was rejected. The three decide to make Raymond fall in love with Aquamarine in the next three days. They use strategies found in teenage magazines, and Aquamarine, Claire, and Hailey proceed to stalk Raymond around town. At a street fair, Raymond gives Aquamarine an inflatable shark, and buys her cotton candy. He mentions wanting to see her at a party the next night, and she runs away, fearing the sunset that causes her legs to transform back into a tail. Claire and Hailey show Aquamarine a water tower for her to spend the night in, and promise to visit her the next day.

In the morning, the three take a bus to Tampa for a classic shopping montage to obtain clothing for the party.

After three days are up, Raymond still has not fallen in love with Aquamarine, and her father calls her back home in a giant storm. Hailey and Claire swim after Aquamarine after she tries to defy her father again, and they discover the meaning of platonic love. Aquamarine's father is satisfied, and the girls receive their wish. They decide to not use it to keep Hailey from moving away, and instead they part ways with Aquamarine, with promises that they will remain friends despite their distance from each other.



Aquamarine received mixed to positive reviews; it currently As of February 2015, holds a 51% 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]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend the film grossed $7,482,669 in 2,512 theaters, ranking #5 at the box office. By the end of its run, Aquamarine grossed $18,597,342 domestically and $4,409,507 internationally for a worldwide total of $23,006,849.[1]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Result Award Category Recipients
2006 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chick Flick
Nominated Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female JoJo
2007 Nominated Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Fave Movie Star Emma Roberts
Won Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Emma Roberts
Nominated JoJo
Nominated Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Sara Paxton


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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, and Blu-Ray on March 6, 2012.

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