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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Bage ...
Hotel Doorman
Hannah Bourne ...
Maureen Beattie ...
Iseabail Nic Aoidh
Muriel Barker ...
Mrs. Grainie
Jeannie Fisher ...
Sally Howitt ...


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Noiva Isca  »

Box Office


£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$542 (USA) (9 March 2012)


$542 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script was priced at seven million pounds (the amount it would cost to make it), however the film only had a budget of two and a half million pounds. This led to many scenes and characters being cut during filming, in an attempt to cut costs. See more »


As Katie undresses, she removes her stockings. After getting help unbuttoning the dress, she is wearing the stockings again. See more »


Katie Nic Aoidh: This is where you tell me I'm just one chapter, not a whole book.
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References Superman (1978) See more »


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Well acted, Cut precisely, Great work all around
4 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yees, at first glance, the plot summary would appear worn and tired. It is not. You will be rewarded by digging deeper. What you find here is a sweet story, well told, and delicately woven into the tapestry of a farce which might be summed up as perfecting a "kinder, gentler Monty Python" genre. The acting draws you into the experience. It is superb. There is absolutely no "sleeze". Directing, cutting and assembly of elements are so far beyond excellent, it is difficult to review. A bonus for American audiences - the Scott and British accents and speech are lovely, soft and paced so as to be easily understood. The director has given us a wonderfully understated romantic farce/comedy that gradually opens our connection to the characters without forcing any conclusion. Decoy Bride is a "view-again" work of art.

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