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Claire and Hailey, two 13-year-old best friends discover a mermaid named Aquamarine in a swimming pool. Aquamarine had washed ashore after a big storm battered the small town. Aquamarine swam away from home just before her arranged marriage, in search of real love. Her father has given her three day. With the help of Claire and Hailey, she hopes to find that love.
Comedy Drama - This is a mermaid-centered fantasy aimed squarely at young female
moviegoers in the pre-teen to early-teen age range. There is not
much of interest here for young boys or just about any other demographic.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The plot - a cliché-riddled, modern day amalgamation of two fairy tales ("The Little Mermaid" and "Cinderella") - won't win points for originality, but the screenplay includes some snappy dialogue, smart observations, and an uplifting message about the importance of friendship.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'Aquamarine' is another movie where an event of earth-shaking astonishment takes place, and is safely contained within a sitcom plot.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Despite corny one-liners and plot developments that don't always hold water, Aquamarine rises above the flotsam filling theaters this time of year with a likable tale of friendship and charming performances.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 54 moviegoers:This is obviously a movie of most interest to the ladies since we only collected a few male opinions. The children and teen females loved "Aquamarine," giving it very high opinions. The adult ladies didn't rate it nearly as high, but their opinions were still pretty good. Many loved it, but most thought it was an above average to average movie. I would highly recommend "Aquamarine" as a mother daughter movie.
AQUAMARINE is the story of Claire (EMMA ROBERTS) and Hailey (JOANNA "JOJO” LEVESQUE), two 13-year-old best friends who embark on the adventure of their lives when they discover a mermaid (SARA PAXTON) named Aquamarine in a swimming pool. Aquamarine had washed ashore after a big storm battered the small town Florida beach club where Claire lives with her grandparents. Claire and Hailey are trying to come to terms with Hailey's impending departure: She's moving to Australia with her marine biologist mother after this last weekend of the summer.
The beautiful, blue-haired, 18-year-old mermaid swam away from home just before her arranged marriage, in search of real love. If she can prove to her father that love is not a myth, he'll let her out of the underwater wedding, but he's only giving her three days. Aqua enlists the help of Claire and Hailey, who are self-styled relationship experts—educated from the pages of magazines that they read and quote daily.
Aqua sets her sights on the Capri Club's lifeguard, Raymond Calder (JAKE McDORMAN). And when Aqua promises to grant Claire and Hailey the wish of their choice if they help her reel in Ray, the girls jump at the opportunity – because unless something magical happens, Hailey will be moving.
Prepping Aquamarine on the finer points of attracting a man is easier said than done. And with mere days until the Capri Club's Last Splash end-of-summer celebration, at which Raymond must profess his love for Aquamarine or no one will get their wish, the girls pool their knowledge and give Aquamarine a crash course in terrestrial romance. This includes such surefire techniques as "The Laugh and Pass,” and "The Fluff and Retreat.” Then there's a hair makeover and a new wardrobe for Aqua – and dealing with the machinations of Cecilia, Aqua's chief competition for Raymond.
The girls hope that as long as Aquamarine can keep her land legs and avoid sprouting her massive, mythological tail, everyone will see their wishes come true. More importantly, they
learn some important lessons about the power of friendship, the true magic of love – and the importance of standing on your own two feet.