The Decoy Bride

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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.

By: Tom Huddleston


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

Average User Rating

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Tara P

I wholeheartedly disagree with Mr Huddleston's opinion of this film, but I can see why it wouldn't be to some people's taste.

I however, sit in that zone of people who adore cutesy romantic films that are undeniably cheesy but still well-acted enough to not provoke a roll of the eyes. I am also incredibly niche in my love of plots that involve an accidental/convenient marriage that spawns lots of bickering and finally turns into something more (I count Green Card, The Abduction Club and The Proposal among my favourite films). If you don't identify with these feelings, you may question my four star review.  

In the above categories, however, The Decoy Bride excels - the producers know their audience. Kelly Macdonald has that wonderfully fey and feisty charm that makes her undeniably attractive. David Tennant is a tad uncomfortable, but hey - it's David Tennant. Even when uncomfortable he can out-act most male leads. Some cameos from recognisable actors such as James Fleet, Mark from Ugly Betty and Shaz from Bridget Jones add some light comedy.

It scores highly on points for being "warm and fuzzy" and may make you want to run away to the outer Hebrides, preferably into the arms of David Tennant. If you're anything like me, you'll happily watch it three times on Netflix!


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!


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