Mean Girls meets Splash in this tweener comedy about two 13-year-olds who befriend a runaway mermaid (Sara Paxton). She has three days to find true love on land before having to return to her oceanic home and marry her father's choice. The film's true focus is the friendship between the two girls (Emma Roberts and Lindsay Lohan look-alike Joanna "JoJo" Levesque), although this tends to get lost between Elizabeth Allen's jittery direction and the screenplay's contrivances. The girls seem too grounded to be the bubbleheaded consumers the film presents them as. And "Just be yourself -- minus the tail," as Hailey puts it, is odd advice for Aquamarine's tween audience, whose own defining characteristics are so vulnerable to the pressures of conformity. This movie, in fact, is all about conformity.
Director: Elizabeth Allen
Writer: Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Egloff, John Quaintance, Steven Rogers and Jessica Bendinger
Producer: Susan Cartsonis
Cast: Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque, Emma Roberts, Sara Paxton, Jake McDorman, Arielle Kebbel, Tammin Sursok, Dichen Lachman, Julia Blake, Roy Billing and Claudia Karvan