Box art for Aquamarine

Aquamarine

children & family, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


Two 13-year-old best friends embark on the adventure of their lives when they discover a mermaid named Aquamarine in a swimming pool.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    51%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Girls and a mermaid learn about love. Charming.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the film concerns a mermaid's search for "love" among humans, and the comedy involves teenaged flirting, sexual tensions, and giddy girl behavior. Mermaid wears tight outfits, audacious girls appear in bikinis, and the "good girls" dress like tomboys. Girls read teen magazines about how to attract boys, the favorite boy is objectified in slow motion (reference to typical objectification of girls). Characters discuss sex and bodies (breasts, implants) and use mild profanity. Tense family situations include discussion of a girl's parents' drowning, another girl's parents' divorce, and an upcoming move, threatening to split up the girls' friendship. Very brief scare scene during a rainstorm.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the girls' friendship. How do Claire and Hailey help each other cope with extraordinary trauma and ordinary "growing pains"? How does their relationship change as they compete for boys' attention? How do they deal with Hailey's imminent move to Australia?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    51%
    reviews counted: 28
    see all Aquamarine reviews
  • Audience

    61%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Unfortunately, the performances are often clunky and the art direction and CG are wanting, so anyone over the age of eight is likely to find it cheap around the edges. One for very little mermaids.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fresh:

- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: Like its title character, Allen's choppy and inconsistent film has two speeds, ditsy or sentimental, and never gathers momentum.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, March 3, 2006

Audience Reviews

1 star

boring and stupid. D

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2 stars

Predictable young teenage stuff going on. Flirting with the boys, being an outcast and meeting mermaids. We've all been there. Despite the whole mermaid angle, it's surprisingly devoid of any magic or fantasy. Bruce Spence has a nice unpredictable role, that he does a lot with in his limited screen time. Manages to hold your attention, even if it doesn't quite entertain.

- kiriyamakazou, Sunday, September 20, 2009

3 stars

Cute.

- dreamfaeries, Wednesday, August 6, 2008