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The Decoy Bride (2011)

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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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Sheree Folkson

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Neil Jaworski, Sally Phillips (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Bride See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$542, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$542, 11 March 2012
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dumfries and Galloways long abandoned Caerlaverock Castle With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements is the setting of the wedding in the film. CGI was used to create a messy outlook of the castle which is then cleaned up again via CGI. See more »

Goofs

Just before Angus tackles James, Kate can be heard yelling out, "Angus!" but when the camera cuts to a long shot, Kate hasn't opened her mouth yet. See more »

Quotes

James Arber: You know, they asked 10,000 men to name their ideal partner and 9,800 said Lara. Statistically that includes at least 800 gay men. If you're male and Lara Tyler's interested in you, she's the one; it's kind of a rule. You can't be happy with Lara Tyler, you can't be happy with anyone.
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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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Take me as I could be
Written by Mary Leay & Michael J. McEvoy
Performed by Mary Leay
Published by Rezzonator Music Limited (PRS)
Courtesy of Mary Leay
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Excellently written and acted comedy
2 February 2012 | by ssolowSee all my reviews

I thought this would be crap since the plot summery sounded like so many clichéd comedies that have been done to death. I was surprised to discover however a superbly acted and well written comedy that has nice location photography and moves at a brisk pace. What more can one ask for in these cinematically barren times? And last but not least the performance by Kelly Macdonald is as excellent as one has grown to expect from watching her in Boardwalk Empire. I hope she continues to make films since I believe she is one of the best comic actresses around. She would be really good opposite Hugh Grant for instance. However, I doubt that will ever happen. Anyhow, I recommend this film without reservation.


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