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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.

Director:

Sheree Folkson

Writers:

Neil Jaworski, Sally Phillips (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

The film takes place on the Isle of Hegg (Eigg), Scotland UK. David Tennant is actually Scottish, but plays an Englishman. Alice Eve is is actually from the UK, but plays an American. 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

James Arber: I've been trying to get your attention with conventional weapons: phones, emails, that sort of thing.
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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 The Monkees (1966) See more »

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Make up your Mind
Written by Delta Maid & Ed Harcourt
Performed by Delta Maid
Published by San Remo Live Ltd.
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd & published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Geffen Records UK
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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One of those Entertaining Romance Comedies
17 January 2019 | by tabunoSee all my reviews

13 July 2012. Perhaps the closest movie that The Decoy Bride might be compared to Notting Hill (1999) and America's Sweethearts (2001) and yet for all their famous girl meets ordinary guy or plain girl meets famous guy, or Sabrina (1954) and yet for all the famous star polish, this movie has a twist as well as geographical character that has a charm all its own and as such is almost believable in both its underlying simplicity and authenticity. The director should be credited with never having the Paparazzo nemesis become some bumbling idiot and in some ways the scriptwriter's divergence from the traditional storyline is another one of the niceties of the movie's charm. So while Simple Irresistible (1999) had its food magic, Dave (1993) had the Oval Office, My Super Ex-Girlfriend had (2006) had superheroes, Working Girl (1988) had a prostitute, or even Bewitched (2005) had strictly speaking magic magic, The Decoy Bride has the landscape, the isolated uniqueness of the quaint Calendar Girls (2003).


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK) 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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