Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Elizabeth Allen|
|Produced by||Susan Cartsonis|
by Alice Hoffman
|Music by||David Hirschfelder|
|Edited by||Jane Moran|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$23 million|
Aquamarine is a 2006 Australian-American teen fantasy comedy film starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts, and JoJo. The film, which was made in both the United States and Australia, was released in North America on March 3, 2006. The film was loosely based on a young adult novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman, and was directed by American director Elizabeth Allen. The film was filmed in Queensland, Australia.
Best friends Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (JoJo) are enjoying their last few days of summer together before Hailey relocates to Australia because of her mother's work. Claire, sensible and slightly naive, looks up to Hailey as a mother figure, after her parents drowned in a boat accident years before, and now lives with her grandparents by the beach. Haley, who is more daring and adventurous, lives with her single mother in the small beach town after her father left them.
They have a slumber party and Hailey prays to the ocean god for a miracle that will make her mother change her mind about moving, and minutes later, a violent storm occurs. The following morning, Claire accidentally falls into the beach club swimming pool and sees something strange, with blue hair and a tail, in the water. The girls go back and explore it later that night, and find a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton). They instantly become friends and Aquamarine tells the girls that she needs to prove to her father that true love exists or she'll be made to get married to a man she doesn't know when she returns home. They are reluctant at first but when Aquamarine explains that you get a wish if you help a mermaid, they agree to try, in hope that they can prevent Hailey from leaving.
Aquamarine immediately sets her eyes on Raymond (Jake McDorman), the lifeguard who Hailey and Claire have had a crush on for years. Because Aquamarine isn't human, she doesn't understand how love works and is rejected immediately by Raymond when they first meet. Still, the girls promise to make Raymond fall in love with Aquamarine over the next three days, using strategies found in the teen magazines. However, a group of popular girls headed by Cecilia Banks (Arielle Kebbel), who also has a crush on Raymond, are always getting in the way.
At the street fair, Raymond spends the day with Aquamarine and he mentions that he wants to see her at a party, The Last Splash, the following night, but she flees before she can give him an answer, knowing a sunset can cause her legs to transform back into a tail. Claire and Hailey find Aquamarine a water tower for her to spend the night in. The following day, Cecilia tells Raymond that Aquamarine has a boyfriend back home, so Raymond invites Cecilia to the party instead. Claire then finds him to tell him Cecilia made the whole thing up, and he and Aquamarine reconcile.
At the party, Aquamarine and Raymond bond more but then she flees again due to another sunset. Before she does, she kisses him and asks him to meet her on the pier in the morning. When the three girls leave the party, Cecilia follows them to the water tower and discovers Aquamarine's secret. She unhooks the ladder to prevent Aquamarine from getting down and calls the news so they can expose her on national television. However, during the night, the town's mysterious handyman Leonard (Bruce Spence) helps her out and promises not to tell anyone what he knows. Aquamarine grants him a wish for helping her out.
After a while, although he cares for her a lot, Raymond admits that he has still has not fallen in love with Aquamarine. They meet on the pier where Cecilia interrupts and pushes Aquamarine into the ocean but she screams in horror and runs away right after realizing what she has done when she notices that Aquamarine is actually a real mermaid. Aquamarine's father calls her back home in a giant storm, but Hailey and Claire swim after her as Aquamarine tries to defy her father again. They discover the meaning of platonic love and Aquamarine's father is satisfied knowing love is real, 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 of Aquamarine visiting them and Raymond and loving each other forever.
- Sara Paxton as Aquamarine
- Emma Roberts as Claire Brown
- JoJo 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 Bob Brown
- Julia Blake as Maggie Brown
- 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
- Alice Hunter as BG
Aquamarine received mixed reviews. It holds a 51% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus stating, "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."
In its opening weekend, Aquamarine grossed $7.5 million in 2,512 theaters, ranking #5 at the box office. By the end of its run, the film grossed $18.6 million domestically, and $4.4 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $23 million.
Awards and accolades
|Nominated||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Chick Flick|
|Choice Movie Breakout Star – Female||JoJo|
|Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Fave Movie Star||Emma Roberts|
|Won||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress||Sara Paxton|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 21, 2006|
|Genre||Teen pop, pop rock, post-punk revival, dance-rock|
|Label||Epic/Sony BMG/Sony Music Soundtrax/Fox|
- "One Original Thing" – Cheyenne Kimball
- "Strike" – Nikki Flores
- "Connected" – Sara Paxton
- "Gentlemen" – Teddy Geiger
- "One and Only" – Teitur
- "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
Two of the film's main stars, Emma Roberts and Sara Paxton, were featured on the soundtrack. JoJo, however, an accomplished singer with one album out did not take part. 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.
- "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