Parents' Guide to

Aquamarine

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Girls and a mermaid learn about love. Charming.

Movie PG 2006 109 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 7+

cute movie for kids.

cute movie for kids.
age 8+

Sweet Movie for BFF's, Sisters, or Mom's & Daughters...

Great message about best friends sticking up for & looking out for each other!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (53 ):

The movie adapts mermaid rules from Splash (Aqua can grow legs during the day, but her fishtail comes back at sundown or if her legs get wet) in order to set up absurd situations. As well, Aqua's "otherness" is marked by her naïve childishness, combined with physical oddities (fingernails that change color to show her emotions, live starfish she wears as earrings and who whisper in her ear that she's "smart" and "beautiful"), and a sensual maturity (Ray is quite smitten as soon as he sees her, though perplexed by her strange behavior).

True, the film leans too heavily on its "villain," the wealthy Cecilia (Arielle Kebble), to amp up the dramatic tension (as she competes for Ray's attention by lying and cheating). And true, Aqua is not so charming as the human girls, especially Roberts as Claire, who is convincing and adorable. But for all the narrative awkwardness and abuses heaped on Cecilia, the film comes up with a terrific ending, underlining the importance of the girls' friendship (including their new friendship with Aqua) over romance.

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