It's hard to find a re-watchable romantic comedy these days, and I'm glad I finally did. It definitely puts a smile on your face.
The Decoy Bride (2011)
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It's hard to find a re-watchable romantic comedy these days, and I'm glad I finally did. It definitely puts a smile on your face.
I suspect this movie is not rated higher generally because it does not have the laugh a minute ridiculousness of most modern day American rom-coms. It moves at the slow pace of the village were it takes place where time somewhat stands still and happiness is found in the familiar. The fact that it stars David Tennant is just icing on the cake; the supporting cast which includes Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire)and Alice Eve (Entourage)is just cherries on the icing on the cake.
A movie in the vein of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill (with some lovely scenery from the Isle of Man), I highly recommended spending an evening with it.
The referral to the island having a "haunted public toilet" reminded me of a female Italian tourist asking one of the three only residents on the island of Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde, a lighthouse keeper, if there was a café nearby. She received the answer "just follow the track to the old quarry and it's next to Woolworths (department store). A low budget film, which with time should really become very successful. I was fascinated from start to finish.
It has an original idea, good actors, and breathtaking locations. With a unique take on the genre, it is very funny, and memorable. The relationships are also believable, and sweet, without being sickeningly so.
I actually bought this on DVD, making it one of the three rom-coms I own: Decoy Bride, Leap Year and Love Actually.
Such a crime that the film was limited release in the UK, but well well worth a watch, even if you have to spend the £9 on the DVD for the pleasure!
As far as the story goes, it is pretty standard; you have the famous couple, looking to avoid the paparazzi stalking them, and the 3rd party who gets between them more or less accidentally. What elevates this film is the 'sweetness' of most everybody involved. The audience is not lead to root for or against one of the characters, as is often the case is such films; the characters all have their good points and bad points, and no one stands out as being eminently detestable.
Not only are the major characters likable and well acted, but the location is very impressive. The fictional island of Hegg is every bit as likable and attractive as the characters in the story. The inhabitants speak with a melodic accent which still is understandable, and have an attitude which speaks well for their day to day life. And their ability to profit from other people's foibles.
It has some good lines. For instance, in one scene the mother says "I don't trust that monk" and the daughter quips "They have been known to monkey around". There is a sense of incompleteness to the whole script though; there are rumors it was edited considerably to fit within budget. Still, everything which needs to be there for the story, and our enjoyment, is there.
This might be a good film for the family. There are no swear words, no gratuitous sex or nudity, or implications of rampant immorality.
In short, like most such films the events are highly unlikely and even impractical (like completely rebuilding a castle, probably without permission, in short order and only for a wedding), but it is well enough done that we don't care.
By the way, don't rush out when the credits at the end start. There is another interesting scene to come.
What no one counted on was the fact, the place is much too primitive and in shambles for the taste of a Hollywood diva,but never mind that, enter a party planner with a small entourage to fix the place. The planners, who had kept everything secret, did not take into account of the presence of a long time resident of Hegg, Iseaball, a woman suffering from a terminal disease who wants to get some cash by alerting the press, for a price.
What no one counted on is the fact of Iseaball's daughter Katie in Hegg, a place she has returned after her breakup with one of the local guys, who married another woman. Since It does not take long before the papparazzi begin arriving. So the wedding planners decide to use Katie as a stand-in for Lara. Katie goes through the paces and marries James in the religious ceremony.
That is the basic premise of "The Decoy Bride"' a romantic comedy directed by Sheree Folkson, and written by Sally Phillips and Neil Jaworski. Shot in Scotland, it presents a nice excuse to mix the sophisticated interlopers with the no-nonsense locals. In a way, it kept reminding this viewer of "Local Hero", which also takes place in Scotland. The film is pleasant, while not breaking new ground.
Best thing in the film is Kelly Macdonald, whose luminous presence is an asset in whatever film she graces with her presence. David Tennant does a befuddled James, the blocked writer. Maureen Beattie appears as Iseaball and Alice Eve plays the film actress.
The story is lively and funny without ever becoming daft or, the traditional worse mistake, 'madcap'. It twists, turns and sails through to the end without the standard or predictable rom-com notes chiming in. Kelly McDonald is brilliant balanced and David Tennant and Alice Eve steer nicely through superb without ever getting excessive. A well-written comedy done well - well worth the time.
Kelly Macdonald plays quirky and down to earth Katie. She is easy to relate to and definitely has the down to earth aspect necessary for such a role. She gives her character some depth, more than probably what the script provides so she does a decent job. David Tennant is our male lead and he's decent though I expected more of a quirky performance from him. The two of them together have okay chemistry but not great which immediately helps a rom-com if the two leads have good chemistry. Alice Eve, who seems to be in so much lately, is our Hollywood starlet. She has a small role, although a lot of screen time. What I mean is that her character has very little development and very little depth but she plays the role decently. I have a little crush on her so I enjoy seeing her but this role did nothing for her. The supporting cast are all okay but no one stands out whatsoever as their characters are strictly background for the romance.
The film absolutely falls victim to mediocrity. Director Sheree Folkson comes mostly from television and the film is simple enough that she does decently with what she is given. I just have this feeling that the film was cut, edited and dwindled down to almost nothing. As I said...it is cute and it has its moments but it is just really ho hum. Our two main characters' romance happens very quickly during one single day spent together and it just doesn't feel like enough to establish the epic romance that a romance film needs. I have to say that this one is mostly skippable and perhaps if you really like romance films and are looking for something out of the mainstream then you won't hate seeing this one but it certainly won't end up in many people's favorite lists. 6/10
The story is sweet, with lots of funny setups that flow nicely from one scene to the next. The characters of the island are perfect for setting the tone of a island with only 75 inhabitants.
If you are looking for a good love story with a lot of funny situations that isn't sickly sweet or sappy, look no further than The Decoy Bride.
But I thought the plot of the film sounded like a really ordinary romantic comedy, but I was proved wrong. It's a very humorous story and David's performance is great as ever. But also the other actors do a great job.
I love the setting on this little island, as a backward region, which tries to take every advantage of the people coming there.
It's definitely worthwhile watching the movie if you're searching for a bit of entertainment and like British settings and to be honest the accent's pretty cool, too.
"The Decoy Bride" is a real treat. Especially if you're a Kelly MacDonald fan. Rest of cast is good too. Written by the wonderful comedian Sally Phillips who co-stars with Neil Jaworski and starring David Tennant.
Excellent chick flick but a great in-home date night movie rental with your male significant other (unless he's a Vin Diesel fan in which case don't bother).
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll thank yourself for checking this movie out.
It was romantic enough, but only kind of funny, and certainly not laugh-out-loud funny. The main problems, all very minor, add up to a film that is desperately lacking a dust of perfection that it would require to be able to stand on its own two feet.
The bride, Lara Tyler (Alice Eve), is desperate to find a wedding location for just herself and soul-mate. After reading a novel which describes, in beautiful romantic prose, a remote Scottish island with a castle standing proudly on a hillside, she sends her publicist, agent, and writer husband-to-be to stage her perfect wedding. The problems are this location was a writer's fantasy and the paparazzi are already on their way there.
The town exists, but it's filled with typical quirky towns-folk, and worse, the castle is barely standing. The problem for me was that we quickly discover the writer of this location novel is her fiancé. He has never denied ever having been to this town and yet nobody questioned that his descriptions might not be accurate. At this point we no longer have a particularly likable protagonist.
One would assume the towns-folk would welcome the bride and her entourage as all the inhabitants and their small businesses are in need of money, instead they take on a local air of snobbery and grunt and complain their way through the movie.
But these are all just minor characters, even the bride herself is a fairly minor character. Our main girl is the decoy bride – Katie (Kelly Macdonald). All the men in her town are married and she hasn't found her own path in life yet. She gladly accepts the Hollywood proposal to pretend to be a movie star getting married. Of course things don't go as planned, and we get an only mildly amusing comedy of errors.
However, it is during the comedy of errors where Katie and the husband-to-be James Arber (David Tennant) find themselves locked in a room and on the run together across the Scottish island. These scenes provide the romance and connection based on good acting and great casting. I'm not familiar with David Tennant but he was just so natural as the bumbling, awkward writer that the character was a good fit for this film. I am familiar with Kelly MacDonald. She is the actress who has quietly blown you away in "No Country for Old Men" and "Boardwalk Empire", but she is unrecognizable here and that's a good thing.
I would have preferred it much more if the supporting characters weren't so unpleasant, and if they had made some choices that weren't quite so predictable. The beginning of the film is structured poorly and has some awkward sequences, but then they stumble right along into a cute romantic comedy. Since great ones are hard to come by, "The Decoy Bride" can fill that void for awhile.
Of course, there's romance (it is a romantic comedy, with some underlying drama) - and, gah! the beach scene near the end had me in tears. Tennant is great at giving the ol' puppy-dog-eyes look, and the lead actress is incredible, as well as the supporting cast. My favorite part would have to be a toss-up between that part and the comedic part when he marries her and she has to do an American accent. (I would advise, though, that you will probably need to watch this with someone or look like a maniac while laughing.) Bottom line: Is this a movie that bends your mind into a million different directions? No. Is this a movie with tons of explosives? No. Is it even anything remotely like Dr. Who? Afraid not. But is it a movie with a lot of heart, great acting, great scenery, and the truth of self that lies within each of us? Yes.
As the main character's mom says in the movie, "A life spent making mistakes is so much better than a life spent doing nothing." So, whether "Decoy Bride" proves a mistake or not, if you watch it, at least you won't spend any time thinking, "Did I miss out on a good movie?"
David Tennant was very good as 'James', best selling author and half of a celebrity power couple trying to outwit a determined paparazzo from sabotaging their wedding. By relocating to the remote island of Hegg he hopes to evade the press, unfortunately they still find them, forcing his Hollywood film star bride to be (Alice Eve) into hiding and her agent to hire the only single island girl to pose as the bride. Of course complications arise and in a mix-up, James ends up married to 'Katie' who up until now has been unlucky in love.
There is nothing outstanding here but the plot is lively and there are some very funny situations especially amongst the diverse group of island locals who provide real laughs. I especially enjoyed Kelly Macdonald who plays Katie, she and David work well together, navigating the twists and turns, swordfights, moat plunges, 70's attire and unique divorce requirements on their way to true love. 6/7/15
when i saw the title on the poster i decided to Skipp it i thought it was just another comedy film centered around a wedding & some people are gonna crash the party & make a mess like usual but i was dead wrong this film is damn good for what it is not for one moment the narrative struggles & pace slows down it keeps you glued to the screen the dialogs & chemistry between actors are bonus points this is a nice script with a feel good story critics & haters are hating it for no reason i guess they are so dumb to understand the excellent British humor.
keep in mind this is not like some dumb American comedy with naked chicks & booze with the whole cast getting wasted as it is such a unexpected & unpredictable project.
the cast:Alice Eve oh my god her role is limited but she did an amazing job specially transforming into a old woman in the middle of the film as for Kelly Macdonald she is just a powerhouse of performance this is clearly her film she overshadowed everyone with her comic timing i have always loved her accent ever since she lend her voice in Disney pictures animated film Brave 2012.
the plot:a famous actress Lara is about to get married but paparazzi & media just wont leave her alone she visits a island in Scotland but once again the media follows her she decides to disappear & disguise herself as a old woman while on the other hand her fiancé gets married to a fake decoy bride Katie who was about to be used as a distraction for media.
from start to end this was a fun filled film without any vulgar stuff included it has a vibe of situational comedy but best thing about this film are dialogs & interaction between characters it is so hilarious to listen.
Overall The Decoy Bride 2011 is one of the best films of this decade my rating is 7/10.Highly Recommended.
It's a predictable romantic comedy, but it's really sweet. How the two leads jab at each other initially is also fun to watch. And the scenery of Hegg, which probably very few people have heard of, is beautiful. It captures the tranquility of the place, but unfortunately the portrayal of the locals isn't so nice. They are portrayed to be money grabbing opportunists. Overall, "The Decoy Bride" is a fun and light hearted film to watch. I enjoyed it.