Film Review: The Decoy Bride (2011)


Starring
:  Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve, Michael Urie, Sally Phillips, Maureen Beattie
IMDb synopsis: 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.

My verdict: I found this on Netflix as I was looking for David Tennant films to watch to fill the Jessica Jones hole left in my telly viewing. David Tennant plays James Arber, a best-selling author who is due to get married to Hollywood actress, Lara Tyler (played by Alice Eve), except their wedding is ruined when a paparazzi photographer manages to sneak into the church they’re in and Lara calls the wedding off. As they want a paparazzi free wedding, they decide to run off to the island of Hegg in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (which is a fictional island in real life). Unfortunately, the same paparazzi guy finds out and heads over to Hegg. To try to help them to get married in secret, local girl Katie Nic Aodh (played by Kelly Macdonald, who was 35 in real life in this but looks about 25!), is drafted in to be the decoy bride, to give the paparazzi their picture, believing they’ll leave, leaving Lara and James in peace to get married. All kinds of craziness take place, including David Tennant dressing up like one of the Bay City Rollers, a deaf couple dancing to bagpipes, a haunted toilet and the man from Ugly Betty being the character he played in Ugly Betty. Hurrah.

Rating: A bagpipe playing 5 out of 5 stars

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