By Leah Rozen
March 13, 2006 12:00 PM

Joanna “JoJo” Levesque, Emma Roberts, Sara Paxton, Jake McDorman

FAMILY

Splash for tweeners, this irresistible kids’ comedy is about what happens when a pair of 13-year-old best friends discover an older teen mermaid paddling about in a swimming pool. Hailey (singer Levesque) and Claire (Roberts, whose famous aunt is Julia) are spending the summer at their beach club mooning over a cute older lifeguard (McDorman) when Aquamarine (Paxton), the fish girl, turns up. They befriend her, introduce her to landlubber ways (she grows gams during daylight hours) and coach her along in a budding romance with the lifeguard. Everyone learns a life lesson here (like putting a parent’s needs ahead of one’s own), fears are conquered, and a good time is had by all—meaning moviegoers of both sexes, big and small. (PG)

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