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The Decoy Bride (2011)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 March 2012 (UK)
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When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

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Sheree Folkson

Writers:

Neil Jaworski, Sally Phillips (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Bage Danny Bage ... Hotel Doorman
Dylan Moran ... Charley
Hannah Bourne Hannah Bourne ... Chloe
Michael Urie ... Steve
Sally Phillips ... Emma
Alice Eve ... Lara
David Tennant ... James
Federico Castelluccio ... Marco
Kelly Macdonald ... Katie (as Kelly MacDonald)
Maureen Beattie ... Iseabail
Muriel Barker Muriel Barker ... Mrs. Grainie
Jeannie Fisher Jeannie Fisher ... Aileen
Hamish Clark ... Angus
James Fleet ... William
Sally Howitt ... Muireen
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Storyline

Famous actress Lara Tyler can't get married to author James Arber without intrusive paparazzi crashing the ceremony. Because of James's best-seller, Lara's agent, Steve, checks out the little known Hegg Island in Scotland as the site for their next attempted wedding. Unfortunately, James is a hack, and his book (supposedly based on Hegg) relays little of it accurately. Katie, an island native and the only unmarried woman on it, has been unlucky in love. She's working on writing her own guide to Hegg Island when Steve and crew arrive, eventually hiring her as a reluctant decoy bride to distract the paparazzi. In a mix-up, she and James end up married to each other while Lara, having spotted the press, goes into hiding. Katie and James now have to get an island divorce while avoiding the press while other parties seek out Lara (who has disguised herself as one of the elderly islanders). Written by statmanjeff

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You may now kiss the decoy.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Bride See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$542, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,754
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James (David Tennant) mentions at one point that his book is about the end of the world as told through the eyes of god. David Tennant would go on to play Crowley in Good Omens, a comedic story about the end of the world as told through the eyes of god. See more »

Goofs

When Katie tries on Lara's wedding dress and can't fill out the bust, Steve holds up two mandarin oranges as a suggestion. When the camera cuts to a wider shot, he is holding two apples instead. See more »

Quotes

Steve Korbitz: Yeah, well, I'm full of shit. My last colonic took a week.
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Crazy Credits

The initial credits appear over a scene of Lara attending Marco's photographic exhibition and purchasing a print of a Scottish hedgehog. The scene ends with a paparazzo taking a picture of them, which then appears on a magazine cover. The credits then revert to the usual scrolling list. See more »

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References Superman (1978) See more »

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Take me as I could be
Written by Mary Leay & Michael J. McEvoy
Performed by Mary Leay
Published by Rezzonator Music Limited (PRS)
Courtesy of Mary Leay
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Great characters and location elevate this above the standard romantic comedy
16 March 2012 | by seven_siamese_catsSee all my reviews

It is difficult, by their very nature, for Romantic Comedies to be excellent films. Those looking for a film 'destined to be a classic' probably will not approve of this one. But if you are looking for entertainment, 'The Decoy Bride' has potential.

As far as the story goes, it is pretty standard; you have the famous couple, looking to avoid the paparazzi stalking them, and the 3rd party who gets between them more or less accidentally. What elevates this film is the 'sweetness' of most everybody involved. The audience is not lead to root for or against one of the characters, as is often the case is such films; the characters all have their good points and bad points, and no one stands out as being eminently detestable.

Not only are the major characters likable and well acted, but the location is very impressive. The fictional island of Hegg is every bit as likable and attractive as the characters in the story. The inhabitants speak with a melodic accent which still is understandable, and have an attitude which speaks well for their day to day life. And their ability to profit from other people's foibles.

It has some good lines. For instance, in one scene the mother says "I don't trust that monk" and the daughter quips "They have been known to monkey around". There is a sense of incompleteness to the whole script though; there are rumors it was edited considerably to fit within budget. Still, everything which needs to be there for the story, and our enjoyment, is there.

This might be a good film for the family. There are no swear words, no gratuitous sex or nudity, or implications of rampant immorality.

In short, like most such films the events are highly unlikely and even impractical (like completely rebuilding a castle, probably without permission, in short order and only for a wedding), but it is well enough done that we don't care.

By the way, don't rush out when the credits at the end start. There is another interesting scene to come.


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