Elizabeth Allen (2006)

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US television starlet Sara Paxton makes a splash as the eponymous teenage mermaid in this 21st-century answer to The Little Mermaid. Florida teenagers Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (Joanna "JoJo" Levesque) are the archetypal "Plain Janes" who dream of getting a second glance from a hunky lifeguard (the terminally bland Jake McDorman). But when Aquamarine is washed ashore in a tempest, the girls have three days to help her woo their own object of desire and so prove the existence of love - in return for which they'll be granted one wish. After a sluggish start, director Elizabeth Allen quickly glosses over any possible tensions and pitches the trio against the local "It" girl (Arielle Kebbel). From then on it's mostly make-up tips and the inevitable shopping montage. Despite its earnest message and Paxton's knack for comedy, this trite fable has about as much depth as a rock pool.


A mermaid fleeing an arranged marriage becomes stranded at a beach resort. There she meets two local girls - lifelong friends about to be separated when one of them moves to Australia - and seeks their help in winning the heart of a lifeguard she has fallen for. In return, she promises to grant them their wish to stay together. Fantasy comedy, with Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts and Joanna Levesque.

Cast & Crew

Aquamarine Sara Paxton
Claire Emma Roberts
Hailey Joanna Levesque
Raymond Jake McDorman
Cecilia Arielle Kebbel
Ginny Claudia Karvan
Leonard Bruce Spence
Marjorie Tammin Sursok
Director Elizabeth Allen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD