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The Decoy Bride

If a film is neither romantic nor funny, can it still be referred to as a romcom? ‘The Decoy Bride’ has all the trappings of the genre – likeable leads, spectacular locations, a soundtrack so cutesy it would make Richard Curtis blush – but the absence of any onscreen chemistry or a memorable joke makes for a wholly unsatisfying experience.

Kelly Macdonald plays Katie, a loveless Hebridean islander tapped to act as a paparazzi-distracting patsy at the wedding of Hollywood star Lara (Alice Eve) and successful novelist James (David Tennant). Following a series of unconvincing mishaps, Katie and James are thrown together – and the inevitable happens.

It’d be unfair to describe ‘The Decoy Bride’ as actively bad, it’s simply forgettable: of the central cast, only Macdonald seems suited to the role, with Tennant in particular looking deeply uncomfortable as the raffish hack who reveals hidden depths. Together they’re a disaster, going through the meet-cute motions without an ounce of warmth or affinity. The result is less a film, more a bland Britcom box-ticking exercise.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday March 9 2012
Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sheree Folkson
Screenwriter: Sally Phillips
Cast: Kelly MacDonald
Alice Eve
David Tennant
Michael Urie

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5 / 5

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karinhildegard

Poor Mr. Huddleston didn't understand, that this film was neither a drama nor a comedy, it was a fantastic spoof - everything in nowadays' films and everyday life was ridiculed and David Tennant was marvellous as always. Thank you very much!

JennyG

Really enjoyable film. Kelly McDonald and David Tennant are adorable and funny.