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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...
The result is less a film, more a bland Britcom box-ticking exercise.
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.
Possibly the worst thing ever in world history.
It should have been called "I Know Where I'm Gurning".
The Scottish landscapes offer about the only highlight.
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.
Brainless, cute movie. Not too much depth, just a sweet enough movie to pass the time...
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.
"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.
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