The Decoy Bride (2012)
When the wedding of internationally famous film star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) to tweedy English author James Arber (David Tennant) is sabotaged by a paparazzo, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the world's press won't find them: the sleepy Island of Hegg, as featured in James' bestselling novel The Ornithologists Wife. However, dilapidated buildings and greedy islanders are the least of the problems that the wedding party and their Hollywood entourage have to deal with, as Marco (Federico Castelluccio) the ingenious paparazzo tracks them down in his mission to photograph the celebrity wedding of the year. Steve and his assistant Emma (Sally Phillips) must find a decoy bride and think that local girl Katie (Kelly MacDonald) will be an ideal replacement. But when Katie meets James, sparks fly, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated. -- (C) IFC … More
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Critic Reviews for The Decoy Bride
Instead of working to clarify its high-concept contrivances, the romantic comedy "The Decoy Bride" jettisons logic and detail for silly-quirky rompiness.
A bland romantic comedy in the Richard Curtis style, The Decoy Bride is mainly notable for its proof, if any was needed after Boardwalk Empire, that Kelly Macdonald is a major talent.
Cupid works in strange and sometimes very funny ways, as this charming, nontaxing comedy directed by Sheree Folkson makes clear.
It seems to agree with its gossip journalists that celebrities are an exotic alien species placed on earth to be gawked at, waited on by personal entourages, and mocked behind their backs for their odd enthusiasms and incomprehensible emotions.
Pernicious tripe suitable only for masochists and the intellectually disabled...
A wretched script and sloppy premise is saved from cinema hell by a charming pair of leads, but still, The Decoy Bride fails to raise anything more than a chuckle.
"The Decoy Bride" doesn't offer anything truly original, but as romantic comedies go it makes for a pleasant enough evening. And if you're like me, the scenery is a bonus.
A woefully pedestrian effort, meant for background noise at a bridal shop, not a feature film that requires the purchase of a ticket.
A romcom you almost feel sorry for, like a wedding where half the guests drown.
The cast has charm, and some of lines raise a chuckle, but the story lacks pace, plausibility and surprise.
Writer Sally Phillips throws in the odd sharp line (love-shy Katie describes herself as 'a man-vegan') but the clumsily contrived plot and a lack of spark between McDonald (engaging) and Tennant (surprisingly under-par) throw the film fatally off course.
Folkson's feature debut owes much to It Happened One Night and the Ealing comedies, but without doing justice to either.
Nobody's forecasting gales of laughter, but it'll give your pipes a canny wee toot.
Disappointing British romcom that fails to provide either romance or comedy, thanks to a patchy script, some awkward direction and a painful lack of chemistry between the embarrassed-looking leads.
In a script so heavily cut it could be a paper doily, what's left is vaguely cute, rather predictable and wholly insubstantial.
Audience Reviews for The Decoy Bride
Premise is a bit thin, but cast are pleasant and I liked the island setting and the locals. I have to say, I would hate to live somewhere like that, though!
It's pretty much a straight to dvd chick flick. Nothing you would want to watch again or remember two years from now, but for a bit if light entertainment or to watch free on TV, could pick worse.
A film starring three seminally famous UK actors from the IFC film series, this romantic comedy actually has a bit of heart in places and features some very nice moments between our two leads. The film itself places quite a bit of comedy and even atmosphere on the setting of the film: an island named Hegg off the shores of Scotland. The film features David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2) as a bedraggled Hollywood couple trying to get married in a secluded place where the paparazzi can't find them. I found this already incredible to believe since countless couples marry in secret without such effort from the press, but apparently the character of Lara Tyler (Eve) is so famous she has her own stalker. (who is supposed to come off as charming, which is find unsettling.) A recent fleeing bride herself, Katie (Macdonald) meets the groom in a meet cute, and then is employed as a distraction from Lara's disappearance, as she is the only single woman still on the deserted island. Though it's not really all too original, the islanders are really something special. They have personalities that doesn't come off as stilted or tacky, with a mother who is disabled and dying, coming off quirky and corrupted by a desire to travel the world before she dies. It even features some very poetic language as the groom is a famous author whose book the bride is obsessed with. The ending is cheesy and formulaic and yes there is a guilty pleasure element to it, but really the characters are entertaining and the setting is somewhat magical if not kitschy. I especially loved Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) as the assistant/wedding planner to Lara Tyler. He always brings something unique and bitchy to his roles, here again as the dramatic sidekick to the ensuing shenanigans. Some great acting from all involved and two leads who actually have chemistry, Decoy isn't all bad, and not all good. Just what you would expect from a low budget film.More
"The Decoy Bride" starts with a shell game to distract the press from the true setting of the wedding between movie star Lara Tyler(Alice Eve) and author James Arber(David Tennant). And it looks like they are successful until it turns out that paparazzi Marco Ballani(Federico Castelluccio) has been waiting a good long time in wait for them to show up. With the wedding ruined and running out of alternatives, James muses half in-jest about getting married in outer space.(It's funny he should mention that...) Instead, they go for the next best thing at a remote island in the Outer Hebrides which the vikings never bothered with and neither did James when he was writing his novel "The Ornithologist's Wife" about it. Making a less than triumphant return is Katie Nic Aoidh(Kelly Macdonald) to take care of of her ailing mother(Maureen Beattie) and just in time for the wedding of her ex, Angus(Hamish Clark). Enter the meddling monk.
"The Decoy Bride" is a funny and charming throwback to the golden age of screwball comedies that a game cast handles well, especially the winsome Kelly Macdonald. As such, the movie is definitely predictable but it also has more than its share of moments. Much of the story is concerned with how we lose all perspective when it comes to celebrities and the idea of the perfect wedding when the important thing is finding the right person to be with.
The Decoy Bride Quotes
- I suppose it could be worse. I could be trapped inside Stephen King's honeymoon. Although apparently, he's a nice guy.
- Steve Korbitz:
- You've never even been on Hegg, have you? You googled the entire book!
- Even the Vikings never showed the slightest interest in us. [the island of Hegg]
- A guidebook to here? Don't be mad! 'Come see our dis-used toilet that may or may not be haunted by the ghost of a drowned cow.'
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