Aquamarine Movie and the Talking Starfish Earrings

Posted on October 2, 2006

If you missed it on the big screen, you simply must catch the absolutely adorable kids/tweens film, Aquamarine. The lighthearted comedy is about two young girls, Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque) who are best friends. Hailey is about to move to Australia because her mom's job as a marine biologist requires them to move. The girls are devastated, and when a big storm lands a real-life mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) in a nearby pool, they decide to help Aquamarine find true love with a local cute boy in three days so she won't have to marry some boring mer-man. (Work with us here, it's fantasy, for pete's sake.)

Anyone who helps a mermaid gets a free wish, and the girls will wish for Hailey not to have to move. It gets considerably more complicated from there one, but you get the idea. The movie is based on the critically praised book by Alice Hoffman, Aquamarine.

Aquamarine is a fish out of water, who is learning the ropes of walking on two legs. The entire film is worth renting for this one scene where Aquamarine gathers two starfish to be her earrings. Starfish, she tells the girls "are notorious suck-ups." But they make great earrings because they constantly whisper supportive messages of encouragement into the wearer's ears, like "Aquamarine is sooooo fabulous!! She's beautful and smart and funny and eeeeeeveryoooone looooves her!!" We nearly passed out with excitement over the Supportive Starfish Earrings scene. (Ok, maybe it was the martinis we were sipping, but it was truly moving). Who wouldn't want earrings that whispered sweet supportive messages into your ears all day long? It's kind of like having Oprah on call.

Alas, the real starfish earring require a mermaid and the existence of magic to make them work. But we found these cute substitutes from designer Elsa Peretti at Tiffany. The 18k gold and diamond starfish earrings feature round brilliant diamonds. They retail for $2,200. If your starfish earring budget is limited, you could always go for the more casual mini mini starfish earrings in sterling silver. They retail for $250 at Tiffany. Now, if only we could get them to talk.....

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