• Publication date: July 24, 2009

To Find A Mermaid�s Soul Mate Two Best Friends Must Bond Together

�What Women Want� (2000) producer Susan Cartsonis delivers audiences her third picture, 2006�s �Aquamarine,� a rough interpretation of author Alice Hoffman�s children�s book of the same name. In this fantasy film Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) is a landlocked mermaid attempting to find her one and only true love.

�What Women Want� (2000) producer Susan Cartsonis delivers audiences her third picture, 2006�s �Aquamarine,� a rough interpretation of author Alice Hoffman�s children�s book of the same name. In this fantasy film Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) is a landlocked mermaid attempting to find her one and only true love. Assisting her in this quest are two young girls: Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (teen pop singer Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) who, if they are successful, will be granted a wish by Aquamarine.

Thirteen year olds Claire and Hailey are two incredibly close friends living in a small Florida costal town. Hailey�s grandparents have lived in the area for decades, operating a classic, but vibrant 1930s style beach club. When Claire�s mother, a marine biologist secures a job on the other side of the world, in Australia, the two teens panic. Hailey and Claire accompany each other through all ordeals, and rarely interact with anyone else in the small community. With Claire�s mother leaving in only a few days, the two girls search manically for a solution that might keep them together.

It seems that their prayers were answered with the coming of Aquamarine, a beautiful eighteen-year-old mermaid who was swept out of the ocean and into the beach club�s swimming pool by a tidal wave. The two young girls were initially alarmed by Aquamarine, but soon realized she was of no harm and promised to visit her the next day. Before Aquamarine�s arrival ashore her father had arranged a marriage for her, however she was disinterested in the suitor. In an attempt to appease his daughter, he stipulated that if she were able to find a true love on the earth�s surface, then the prearranged marriage would be nullified.

With Hailey and Claire�s assistance Aquamarine is taught, within only a few days, the ways of dating. The sea-dwelling beauty quickly sets her eyes on a handsome lifeguard named Raymond (Jake McDorman), and begins her conquest. However the mermaid is not the only one who will benefit if this matchmaking attempt succeeds; if Hailey and Claire are able to secure a love for their sea friend they will be granted any wish they desire. Of course, the two girls hope to use this wish so that they may remain together.

However their mission will not be easy. A spoiled brat named Cecilia (Arielle Kebbel) also has a crush on Raymond, and a longstanding distaste for Claire and Hailey. The two girls must battle against time and their rival to couple Aquamarine with her dream guy. Additionally, they cannot let Raymond know that his favorite girl is a mermaid, a difficult task since Aquamarine�s fishtail reappears at night or even if a slight drop of water touches her. Will all three girls� dreams come true, or are they settings themselves up for an inevitable defeat?

�Aquamarine� was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and won a Young Artist Award. It is rated PG due to mild language and some sensuality. The film�s runtime is 100 minutes and it was filmed both in Australia and the United States. Amongst its target demographic it was reasonably successful; with a budget of only $12 million, it grossed $22 million worldwide in theaters and $42 million in DVD rentals and sales earning a respectable $64 million total profit.