Friendship=True Love.

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.  😉  ).

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. QTMama
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 09:46:03

    I LOVE This movie! Em and I caught it on HBO one day by accident, and she loves it! Plus that mermaid tail? It was gorgeous – Em couldn’t get enough of it!

    And thanks for the pingback. 🙂

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  2. Kelly
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 09:55:19

    We have not seen it, but I will definitely be going to rent it after your review! It’s going to be a cloudy/rainy day around here…..perfect for a movie. Thanks!

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  3. jenn3
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 13:02:48

    My mother and sister teased me for renting that movie, but I still enjoyed it. Yeah, it’s more of a kid’s movie (Shiloh’s a little young for it right now), but it was cute. Perfect for a girl your daughter’s age.

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  4. pisceshanna
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 13:16:49

    OMG Can I watch it NOW, even though my daughter is only 2? Hehhe. Jojo is actually the cousin of my gay friend in college, CRAZY huh? I semi-know a celebrity!

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  5. dadshouse
    Jul 31, 2008 @ 12:57:13

    I’ve watched this movie with my daughter – it’s cute, we liked it. Nice post.

    A single parent movie I really liked is the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap, but mainly because Dennis Quaid rocks. As I recall, they made him a very competant single dad owner of a Napa winery. The mom was competant, too.

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  6. Leslie
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 11:13:06

    I saw this one in the theatre with my best friend. We love a good teen movie and only felt a little embarrassed 😛

    Aquamarine’s a great one for girls (and grown up girls ha)!

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