Have any of you seen this movie? Especially any of you with daughters? My nine year old daughter has liked this movie for a few years now. It stars Emma Roberts (Julia Robert’s niece, who plays Addy on Nickolodeon’s Unfabulous) and JoJo (teen pop star) as two young girls whose strengths combine to make each one’s individual weaknesses more bearable. They stumble upon a young mermaid and give her advice on how to win the affections of a lifeguard that all three admire. Aquamarine has to find true love in the next few days, or her father will make her remain a mermaid, although she so desperately wants to be human. The ensuing drama is oddly reminiscent of “Mean Girls”, with a bit of “The Little Mermaid”.
But the ending, well this is one that you mamas are going to LOVE. I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say, it’s not your typical Disney-fied movie where you don’t find happiness unless you get the prince.
And one of the lead characters has a strong, powerful single mom, struggling with her willful teenage daughter. Granted, the other character lost both of her parents previously, but is being raised by BOTH grandparents. Read this post for a great discussion of how mothers are underrepresented in Disney movies.
Mamas, watch this with your girls. It sends the right message. The one we all talk about all the time. And definitely a message about how much your friends can mean to you. (Your virtual support groups too. 😉 ).