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British rom-com The Decoy Bride fails to raise more than a chuckle

A wretched script and sloppy premise is saved from cinema hell by a charming pair of leads.

The Decoy Bride

Director: Sheree Folkson

Starring: Kelly MacDonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve

**

A British rom-com about Katie (MacDonald), who agrees to be a decoy to fool paparazzi when a celebrity couple (Eve and Tennant) decide to get married on a remote Scottish island.
Inspired by classics such as Notting Hill, the director Folkson delivers a by-the-numbers romance where you're often begging for the inevitable and predictable end.
Agonising small-town stereotypes are trotted out and the only thing keeping you going is that Tennant and MacDonald have a real chemistry, despite the film's flaws, with the latter in particular making the best of things.
A wretched script and sloppy premise is saved from cinema hell by a charming pair of leads, but still, The Decoy Bride fails to raise anything more than a chuckle.

Updated: July 26, 2012 04:00 AM

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