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Better than you'd expect.
on 20 March 2017
I watched this film randomly when there was nothing better on, expecting it to be ropey teenage rubbish. Well, it is, but it was also much better than I was expecting! I subsequently bought the dvd as a gift for my niece.
Aquamarine is engaging, entertaining and fun, with decent enough acting turns from the three leads and the lovely Arielle Kebbel as the spoiled mean girl. Sara Paxton as the titular mermaid is charming without being saccharine. She's Madison and Ariel with an added bite, and she likes to eat gummy worms.
The plot isn't very cohesive, but it's enjoyable. A few lines were real belly laughs, mostly sea-themed puns from Aquamarine herself ("Bullshark!"). There are some light fantasy elements that add interest, and some nice shots of the beach, the ocean, and swimming with 'wild' dolphins.
For younger teens/tweens, Aquamarine has a good message about the importance of friendship, standing up to bullies, and finding self-fulfilment without needing a boyfriend. For older viewers it's a harmless piece of vibrant, summery fluff to throw on in the gloomy months when you miss the sun and the seaside.