The Decoy Bride (2012)
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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
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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
- Katie: 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!
- Katie: Even the Vikings never showed the slightest interest in us. [the island of Hegg]
- Katie: 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.'
- Katie: I've gone man-vegan.
- Katie: I'm like Kryptonite to men. Kryptonite dipped in cellulite.
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