DVD Review: The Decoy BrideBrit rom-coms. For the most part, I despise them.

I guess you can thank the likes of Hugh Grant for that. Why should I give a monkeys about some middle class, floppy haired drip that has the world on his plate but can’t seem to win the heart of his American leading lady.

All the overly attractive characters have massive apartments in Fulham and all work in “the media” or dingy little book shops that have no customers, yet can still afford to live life to such endlessly high standards and go skiing.

As an average looking individual that works in the publishing industry and as someone who struggles to make ends meet on a monthly basis, it’s a notion that I quite frankly find insulting.

So yeah, just from looking at the poster, I wasn’t looking forward to sitting through The Decoy Bride.

“Here we go, another Richard Curtis inspired quirky rom-com” I thought to myself.

Thankfully, The Decoy Bride has more in common with the likes of Local Hero than Four Weddings and Funeral and Sally Phillips and Neil Jaworski’s script provides a perfect balance of humour and sentiment, that even the most cynical of individuals will warm to the colourful cast of characters.

Katie (Kelly MacDonald) is a young writer who has recently split up with her fiancé and is giving up men and relationships as they always lead to disappointment. As a result, she is heading back to her home on the Scottish island of Hegg and is looking after her terminally ill mother.

James Arber (David Tennant) is a famous author who is suffering from writers block and is about to get married to the impossibly attractive Lara Tyler (Alice Eve), a famous actress who is haunted on a daily basis by the paparazzi.

In an effort to hide their wedding from the ever intrusive press, their management decide that they should get married on the island of Hegg, which also happens to be the setting for Jame’s best selling novel.

As they arrive, it becomes abundantly clear that he has never actually been there.

Upon realising that the press are onto them, Lara becomes upset and runs away. In an effort to fool the paparazzi and get them to leave the island, her management team decide to stage a mock wedding with a fake bride.

Placing the unassuming Katie in Lara’s place, one thing leads to another and eventually Katie and James find themselves running around the island of Hegg, trying to find Lara, while naturally along the way getting to know each other a little.

The Decoy Bride also features a host of familiar and notable British faces such as Dylan Moran, James Fleet and one of the script writers, Sally Phillips. But ultimately, this is Tennant’s and MacDonald’s film and they both are perfectly likeable and dare I say it, even quite sweet as their characters.

I enjoyed The Decoy Bride. While the story may be a little predictable in places and feel a bit low budget, the heart warming sentiment and the setting of the Isle of Hegg gives the film a refreshingly alternative feeling to other UK rom coms.

Verdict: [rating=3]

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