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Film: Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a 2006 children's film directed by Elizabeth Allen and loosely based on the children's book of the same name by Alice Hoffman.

It tells the story of two friends, Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) who are due to be separated in five days when Hailey moves to Australia. After a violent storm, they discover a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) in the swimming pool of their beach club. The mermaid tells them that she came to find love, which she has heard of but never experienced. Furthermore, she made a deal with her father that if she cannot prove love exists in three days, then she will have to return to enter an arranged marriage. She notices handsome lifeguard Raymond (Jake McDorman), also desired by the girls, and promises them that if they help her win his heart, then she will grant them one wish.

The girls immediately agree, seeing the promised wish as their opportunity to avoid being separated. But can they find proof of love in time?


This movie contains examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Cecilia.
  • Arranged Marriage
  • Big "NO!": When Hailey and Claire find out Aquamarine wants to find love with Raymond.
  • The Boo Radley: Leonard
  • California Doubling: While the plot involves Hailey moving from Florida to Australia, the film was shot in Australia - and except for the three leads, Arielle Kebbel (Cecilia) and Jake McDorman, the entire cast's Australian (and in the case of Sean Micallef, as Cecilia's father, it shows).
  • Cassandra Truth: Cecilia when she starts trying to tell people that Aquamarine is a mermaid.
  • The Cast Showoff: Two of the three leads sing on the soundtrack (ironically, Joanna Levesque - best known as a singer - is the only one who doesn't).
  • Chick Flick
  • Mr. Fanservice: Raymond.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Raymond.
    She's right. I mean, all the girls are after him. Even a few boys.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Raymond is a rare male example. Aquamarine is also blonde.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Aquamarine hopes that Raymond will have fallen in love with her after three days. He doesn't.
  • Freudian Trio: Claire = superego, Hailey = ego, Aquamarine = id
  • Girl Posse: Cecilia's friends.
  • Godiva Hair: Aquamarine, anytime she is in mermaid form.
  • Going Commando: Aquamarine, shortly after her first use of legs and a modesty t-shirt (which is big enough on her to be a dress), it's specifially mentioned she still needed undies (and shoes)
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!/Unusual Euphemism: Aquamarine's form of swearing
    Bullshark!
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Claire and Hailey, and later Aquamarine.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between Aquamarine, a mermaid, and Raymond, a human.
  • It's All About Me: Cecilia.
  • Karma Houdini: Cecilia's ultimate punishment is "getting her driving privileges revoked" by her father. Yeah, even though in a few years she'll be old enough to get her own car and not follow her parents' rules, so it's really a rather pointless punishment.
  • Makeover Montage: Part of a shopping trip.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The movie uses the Splash method of wet = tail and dry = legs. However she must change back into her mermaid form at sunset.
    • The book treats it in a vastly different manner: Aquamarine cannot change at all. Hailey and Claire have to use a wheelchair to move her around on land.
  • Power of Friendship
  • Power of Love
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The plot developments between the book and movie differ greatly: The book's narrative implies it takes place on the Northeast Seaboard, and Claire, not Hailey, is moving to Florida to live with her grandparents (as her parents are deceased as in the movie). Aside from the main four, all of the characters in the movie including Alpha Bitch Cecelia are completely absent. The plot revolves around the conflict between Aquamarine wanting to meet Raymond and Hailey and Claire trying to return her to sea before she succumbs to the elements and the Capri Bleach Club is closed and demolished. Also, the movie treats mermaids differently from the book: Aquamarine cannot transform at all; Hailey and Claire move her around on a wheelchair for her date with Raymond inside the beach club's abandoned cafeteria, but she's otherwise confined to the swimming pool.
  • Rule of Three: Aquamarine has three days to find love.
  • Shout-Out: The tiles along the swimming pool Aquamarine finds herself in closely mimic the pattern forming the page borders in the original book.
  • Supporting Protagonists: Claire and Hailey.
  • Swiss Army Tears
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Claire is afraid of water because her parents drowned.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Aquamarine has blue streaks in her hair and later so does Hailey who gets it in imitation of Aquamarine.


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