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Yeah, yeah, it's basically a girls' movie, but I still enjoyed Aquamarine. As far as mermaid movies go, you don't expect to find a lot of substance, so this film came as a really nice surprise to me. Formulaic or not, this movie is all about friendship, family, overcoming your fears, and the true nature of love. It never devolves into anything silly, either, which is why I think just about anyone would enjoy spending time with Aquamarine.

Best friends Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) are entering the late stages of what may be their last summer together, as Hailey and her mom are about to move all the way to Australia. There's still time for them to wallow in their mutual crush for lifeguard Raymond (Jake McDorman), comb through magazines to learn everything they can learn about boys, and just enjoy spending time together at the beach, but they can no longer pretend that Hailey won't be leaving. They both yearn for a miracle that will keep them from having to say goodbye to each other all too soon. And sure enough, a miracle turns up right at the bottom of their pool, courtesy of a powerful storm. That would be Aquamarine (Sara Paxton), the world's hottest mermaid, who has run away (actually, I guess she swam away) from home to avoid marrying a merman she cares nothing about. She has three days to prove that love actually exists - only then will her father call off the arranged wedding. Claire and Hailey, with all the knowledge of romance they have gleamed from teen magazines and Cosmo, are more than eager to help her in her quest - especially since Aquamarine has the power to grant them one wish if they succeed in helping her.

Luckily, mermaids can change their tails into legs during the daylight hours, so Claire and Hailey can easily pass Aquamarine off as a friend of theirs. They are initially disheartened when she picks Raymond to fall in love with, but friendship is thicker than schoolgirl crushes. They actually make pretty darn good romantic coaches, but the fact that Aquamarine is gorgeous also helps her catch Raymond's eye - despite her sometimes odd behavior. Even still, it's no walk in the park. Aquamarine basically goes through the whole cycle of love in three days - the whole tell-tale giddiness and confusion, the heartbreak of mixed signals and possible rejection, the first kiss, etc. - and even the jealous rage of the snobby rich girl who thinks Raymond belongs to her.

But will Raymond fall in love with Aquamarine in such a short period of time? And will the stress of it all strike a wedge between Claire and Hailey? I won't answer these questions, but I will say the film manages to tell this fanciful story with focus, integrity, and - most importantly - a lot of heart. Actual truths are learned here, as the two girls overcome some of their own personal fears and really grow as human beings as a direct result of Aquamarine's influence on their lives. Obviously, I think Aquamarine is a great film, and not just for young teenaged girls (although they will identify particularly well with the story). You don't find many wholesome, genuinely funny comedies around these days.
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on 9 October 2007
I enjoyed watching Aquamarine because it had an interesting and unpredictable storyline and the mermaid was very convincing and made you take it for granted that mermaids exist.The friendship depicted in this film between the two girls and the mermaid seemed so natural and the whole
thing was lovely to look at having been filmed on and around beaches.
The special effects were really good and the film has a great ending.
The dialogue is at times a bit abrupt,particularly when the girls are screaming excitedly about something but that is how young girls behave, so
I suppose it's okay in the end.Aquamarine will be liked by adults and children because the life-problems and good and bad experiences the girls have to deal with are encountered in one way or another by everybody.Worth watching a few times especially if, like me, you are a fan of the oceans and creatures that live in them.
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on 30 October 2007
I love this film! Its in my top 5 films!
The story is so cute and can be funny in parts...
I am a big fan of Jojo and Sara Paxton. They're both such great actresses (and singers).
Im 15 and I love this film and my 11 year old brother (tho he wont admit it) liked it too.
Its a great feel-good film!
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on 16 April 2009
really good funny/family film/chick flick. ive ached it about 4 times so far its just nice to set off the end of a nice day.
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on 30 July 2014
My 10 year old daughter loved this film. It had her hooked from the start and made her giggle! Great fun.
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on 16 May 2014
It is a classic family watch. I have 4 children under 10 and all 4 love it. Worth the money
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on 27 February 2009
This is a great story. A teen girl is going to have to leave home. She will leave her best friend behind (Jojo). She and her friend fancy a life guard that all the girls are after. One night she wishes for a reason why they won't have to leave. Her wish is granted and a mermaid appears in her pool. Her and her friend become new best friends with this girl and lots of fun and adventure ensues! A great movie for teenagers and adults alike - even kids. Definitely a girly movie. If you want fantasy and adventure - watch it!
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on 7 May 2015
This film is about 100x better than I expected, like yeah its probably for girls aged 7-14 but it will still pretty cute and the amount of sea puns in it was truly incredible! Its a lot better than it looks because at first I was like no that looks terrible but actually as it goes on its really cute:)
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on 5 February 2015
I have always loved this film as a kid and it is even better that I can now enjoy it in my teen years. I would highly recommend this to other buyers! Great quality. Great film!!
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on 1 January 2010
As a 42 year old man i must say i thoroghly enjoyed this feel good movie.
It's the kind of movie me and my neices would love to watch on a rainy afternoon,yeah it's fluff but fluff of the highest order.
Im sure boys too will enjoy the talented three leads (and especially find sarah paxton adorably winning as the mermaid).
All in all great escapist fun for everyone.
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