Aquamarine (2006) - Moria (2024)

USA/Australia. 2006.

Crew

Director – Elizabeth Allen, Screenplay – Jessica Bendinger & John Quaintance, Based on the Novel by Alice Hoffman, Producer – Susan Cartsonis, Photography – Brian J. Breheny, Music – David Hirschfelder, Music Supervisors – Jason Lamont, Anton Monsted & Dana Sano, Visual Effects – Animal Logic (Supervisor – Morgane Furio), Creature Effects – JMB FX Pty Ltd (Supervisor – Jason Baird), Special Effects Supervisors – Brian Cox & Brian Holmes, Production Design – Nelson Coates. Production Company – Storefront Pictures/Dune Entertainment/Major Studio Partners.

Cast

Sara Paxton (Aquamarine), Joanna ‘Jojo’ Levesque (Hailey), Emma Roberts (Claire), Jake McDorman (Raymond), Arielle Kebbel (Cecilia Banks), Bruce Spence (Leonard), Claudia Karvan (Ginny), Tammin Sursok (Marjorie), Natasha Cunningham (Patty), Julia Blake (Grandma Maggie), Roy Billing (Grandpa Bob), Shaun Micallef (Storm Banks), Lulu McClatchy (Bonnie)

Plot

Hailey and Claire are young teen best friends living on Florida’s Capri Beach. Claire mourns the loss of her parents who died at sea, while Hailey is unhappy at being forced to constantly move around because of her marine biologist mother’s job. They both have a crush on the handsome lifeguard Raymond, who is also desired by the bitchy Cecilia Banks, but both girls feel socially awkward. Following a storm, they are startled to discover a mermaid in Claire’s swimming pool. The mermaid introduces herself as Aquamarine. Aquamarine has legs when she is out of water but only when it is daytime and must return to water at night. She has fled from an arranged marriage back home and wants to discover what the human notion of love is. Her father grants her three days to find someone and will allow her to stay if that someone says they love her during that time. Aquamarine immediately sets her sights on Raymond. Hailey and Claire decide to assist Aquamarine on the promise of having their wish granted. In the course of doing so, they are transformed by Aquamarine’s free and unselfconscious way of looking at things, but also have to hide Aquamarine’s true nature from Cecilia’s scheming.

Aquamarine is a mermaid film pitched as a light romantic comedy for the young teenage girl market. The film features Joanna ‘Jojo’ Levesque who has made a name for herself as a teen pop singer, as well as Eric Roberts’ daughter Emma who subsequently started to make a name for herself. Aquamarine is based on a 2001 novel of the same name by Young Adult author Alice Hoffman, who had previously been adapted to the screen with Practical Magic (1998) and the ghost story murder mystery The River King (2005).

I feel that I am entirely the wrong demographic to be watching a film like Aquamarine – it is a film pitched to girls around the age of 11-13 and I am the wrong sex and a good twenty years too late for the intended target audience. Expectedly, Aquamarine is very teenage girly – the bulk of it focuses around crushes on boys, the girls going shopping, offering Aquamarine advice on how to attract boys, reading teen magazines and bitchy teen rivalries. To its credit, there is something more serious occasionally lurking in the background of the script about both the teenage girls dealing with problem homes – Jojo Levesque’s unhappiness over her mother who is perpetually moving because of her job, Emma Roberts’ dealing with her parents having drowned at sea.

Perhaps the nearest cinematic antecedent Aquamarine has is Ron Howard’s Splash! (1984) where Aquamarine seems to be drawn upon the character of Daryl Hannah’s Madison. The dubious novelty spin that Aquamarine offers is the idea of the mermaid as a California beach blonde airhead who wanders through the entire film as a perpetual ditz without a thought in her head. At least, Sara Paxton has a sparkly energy that ends up stealing the show from the two other girls who are played as complete drips. Jojo Levesque seems thoroughly unhappy and manages to give her entire performance on a note of sourness.

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The film plays with a light and entirely predictable energy. It is a film that invites us to enjoy its girlish fantasy without having to think about any of it. The annoyance is that beneath this the script manages to blatantly cheat a number of times. One of these being the start where Jojo Levesque and Emma Roberts have a crush on Jake McDorman’s Raymond but then immediately throw their crush away to help Aquamarine when she arrives and offers them a wish if they will help her fall in love. That the two lead characters’ are so blatantly driven by self-interest is something that the script never manages to comment on.

There does also seem something almost indecent when the film has two young girls – both aged sixteen in actuality, although seeming around the age of 11-12 and only just starting to develop – having crushes on a boy who, when we see him from their point-of-view, is decidedly eroticised. Elsewhere, the film one minute has Aquamarine able to speak all languages and familiar with colloquialisms, while the next she is a complete innocent in human ways.

An even bigger cheat comes at the very ending where Aquamarine falls in love with Raymond and he wavers as to commitment but the day is saved by the two teenage girls saying “We love you”. Surely any kind of magical condition would be able to notice the difference between eros (romantic) love and philia (friendship) love? Elsewhere the plot manages to swim in a sea of arbitrary conveniences – the mermaid can only have legs by day and must return to the sea by night; the need to have a guy say “I love you” within three days and so on.

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Aquamarine (2006) - Moria (2024)

FAQs

How old is Claire supposed to be in Aquamarine? ›

AQUAMARINE focuses on two smart, mostly sensible 13-year-olds at the end of their last summer together. Claire (Emma Roberts), who lives at a small Florida resort with her grandparents, and Hailey (pop singer Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) are discovering the joys of boys, or at least the idea of boys.

Does Raymond find out about Aquamarine? ›

Just then, a boy named Arthur falls into the swimming pool. Aquamarine rescues him, with the help of Raymond. Raymond, seeing her tail and thus realizing she is a mermaid, is utterly shocked, however, this discovery does nothing to impair his adoration of her.

Do Aquamarine and Raymond end up together? ›

By the end of the film, they are currently boyfriend and girlfriend and putting their relationship on hold being she had to swim back into the ocean for a little bit. It can be assumed that Aqua swam back for Raymond some time after the events in the first film.

How old was Emma Roberts in Aquamarine? ›

The Elizabeth Allen-directed fish-out-of-water teen comedy served as Roberts' first leading role in a feature film after she spent years on Nickelodeon. "I was 14 when I left to go do that movie in Australia, and I turned 15 on the plane," the Unfabulous actress recently recalled.

When did Claire lose a child? ›

Dragonfly in Amber

Following Claire's dangerous pregnancy, Faith was stillborn in Paris at L'Hôpital des Anges. The midwives made Claire hold the child, whom they wrapped in a length of white satin. Faith was very small but perfect.

Who does Claire's daughter marry? ›

Brianna is the daughter of Claire and Jamie, but was raised by Frank Randall when Claire was transported back to the 20th century while pregnant. She has a half-brother, William, and an adopted brother, Fergus. Her sister, Faith, died at birth. When Brianna travels to 18th-century Scotland, she marries Roger MacKenzie.

What mental illness does Raymond have? ›

Raymond Babbitt, the main character in the movie Rain Man, has become the world's best known savant due to Dustin Hoffman's remarkably accurate and sensitive portrayal of Savant Syndrome in that film.

Why did Katarina kidnap Raymond? ›

Premise. At the end of previous season, Raymond (James Spader) is kidnapped by Katarina Rostova (Laila Robins), Liz's mother and former Russian agent who wants the information about being framed by her closest people and hunted by Townsend's Directive.

What did Raymond do to Katarina? ›

Reddington was fully on the run from Liz and Katarina at the beginning of The Blacklist Season 8, leading him to eventually kill Katarina. Destroyed by the development, Liz went on a revenge tour against Red, abandoning her post at the FBI and the task force to use her own methods against him.

Does Raymond fall in love with Aquamarine? ›

Raymond says he likes her but has not fallen in love with her yet, since they have only been on one date, and that he wants to take his time in getting to know her. Aquamarine is heartbroken.

What happened at the end of Aquamarine? ›

Eventually, it is not Raymond that convinces Aquamarine that humans can love, but Claire and Hailey, who are willing to give up their wish and their lives in the aiding of a friend. Raymond and Aquamarine share a kiss and promise to meet up again in the future, Raymond promises he'll wait for her.

How does Aquamarine end? ›

Eventually, it is not Raymond that convinces Aquamarine that humans can love, but Claire and Hailey, who are willing to give up their wish and their lives in the aiding of a friend. Raymond and Aquamarine share a kiss and promise to meet up again in the future, Raymond promises he'll wait for her.

Did the cast of Aquamarine get along? ›

Lots of fun! In the new film, Aquamarine, Emma Roberts and JoJo play best friends and Sara Paxton is the mermaid they find. They all immediately became really close friends and hung out all the time.

What happened to Claires' parents in Aquamarine? ›

Claire and Hailey (pop stars Emma Roberts and JoJo Levesque, resembling the 'tween versions of Emma's Aunt Julia and Lindsay Lohan) are friends bonded by loss. Claire's parents died in a boating accident; Hailey's dad left her mom. Since then, the girls have been each other's social-life preserver.

What beach was Aquamarine filmed on? ›

Almost all scenes were shot at Tallebudgera beach, as viewers experience the quaint and picturesque setting of 'Baybridge,' Florida. This beach became the movie's fictional town where Claire (Emma Roberts) lives with her grandparents, lifeguard Raymond (Jake McDorman) works, and where Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) surfaces.

How old are the characters supposed to be in Aquamarine? ›

AQUAMARINE focuses on two smart, mostly sensible 13-year-olds at the end of their last summer together. Claire (Emma Roberts), who lives at a small Florida resort with her grandparents, and Hailey (pop singer Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) are discovering the joys of boys, or at least the idea of boys.

What is Claire age? ›

Claire is born in 1918 - travels at age 27 and goes back to 1743. So she is 29/30 by Culloden. So, she's 29/30 back in 1948. It's then 1968 in series 3 so she's 50 by S3E6 (which translates to 1766, so she's 50 then too). Book 9 finishes in 1781 so that's 15 years later so she's 65.

How old is Claire when she goes through the stones? ›

Claire Fraser is supposed to be on the cusp of 60.

As she was around 26 when she first went through the stones, that makes her on the cusp of 60 in the year 1776.

How old is Claire 1968? ›

(1948, 1746) When she goes through the stones the second time in 1968 (1766), she is 50 years old. Jamie would be about 46. By Season 7 it is 1776 (1978). Claire is 60 years old.

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