Big question: Teen girls (singers Joanna "JoJo" Levesque and Emma Roberts) get one wish if they make a hunky lifeguard (Jake McDorman) fall in love with a mermaid (Sara Paxton) in three days. Why don't they just ask a unicorn for help?
Skip it: "Aquamarine" may generate a few girlish giggles from audiences too young to recognize blatantly stolen bits of "Splash," "The Little Mermaid" and "Cinderella." Adapted from a young-adult novel, the film will spark more sales of "Aquamarine" stickers and lunchboxes than movie tickets.
Catch it if: You won't grow tired of countless watered-down puns like "Shell phone" and "There's something fishy about that girl."
Bottom line: JoJo can't act-act, and the same goes for everyone else in "Aquamarine" who isn't a dolphin. The positive messages of friendship and self-esteem are nothing that can't be found on ABC Family or the Disney Channel.
Bonus: Bizarre rip-off alert! Between lifeguard Raymond's obsession with Fiji and a climactic ocean scene obviously shot in a tank with a fake sky behind it, you'll swear you're watching "The Truman Show."
Directed by Elizabeth Allen; written by John Quaintance, Jessica Bendinger, based on the novel by Alice Hoffman; photographed by Brian Breheny; edited by Jane Moran; production designed by Nelson Coates; music by David Hirschfelder; produced by Susan Cartsonis. A 20th Century Fox/Fox 2000 Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:49. MPAA rating: PG (for mild language and sensuality).
Claire - Emma Roberts
Hailey - Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
Aquamarine - Sara Paxton
Raymond - Jake McDorman
Cecilia - Arielle Kebbel
Ginny - Claudia Karvan
Leonard - Bruce SpenceCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun