Monday, July 30, 2012

Movie Monday: The Decoy Bride


If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that yesterday I said that I felt I should watch something English this week in honour of the Olympics. I ended up with a list of several things that I couldn't decide between, so for the next few weeks, I'm going to be doing a little 'my favourite British movies that I haven't already written about' type of a deal.

Obviously, my all-time favourite English movie was covered in the lead up to Christmas last year: Love Actually, so that one is off the table. But I watched this last week, and I pretty much want to watch it over and over again, because despite being ridiculously cheesy, it was also completely adorable.
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I'm going to do something I wouldn't usually bother with, and give you guys a plot summary, because I'm guessing most of you haven't seen it. Basically, Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) is a super huge enormous American movie star. She's engaged to James Arber (David Tennant), an English author. Every time they try and get married, the paparazzi turn up. So her agent (Michael Urie) arranges for them to go to the tiny island of Hegg, in the outer Hebrides. When the media also turn up THERE, the agent decides they need a decoy bride. Enter Katie (Kelly MacDonald), the only single girl left on the island. But when Lara disappears and Katie and James accidentally get married for real, craziness ensues.

Seriously, though. It's better than it sounds. You know what? Here, watch the trailer:



Reasons why The Decoy Bride is awesome:
1. David Tennant. I mean, come on. How could you not expect him to be at the top of this list after seeing that trailer?? (Sadly, he's not being Scottish. On the plus side, he's using his Tenth Doctor accent)
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2. Kelly MacDonald. She's the voice of Merida in Brave (which I have yet to see), and she's pretty hilarious in this.
3. The heartwarming scene between an old deaf couple, wherein they ask James to play the bagpipes, and begin to dance even though they can't hear the music.
4. Dylan Moran as a newspaper editor demanding the paparazzi get him photos of the wedding.
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5. All the Doctor Who references, whether they're intentional or not. (Uh, hi. Tennant's character is engaged to a woman who's young and blonde and her surname is TYLER...)
6. Sally Phillips as the agent's offsider. She's pretty hilarious. She also wrote the script! You may know her better as Shaz from Bridget Jones' Diary.
7. Michael Urie, aka Marc from Ugly Betty. He pretty much plays the exact same character, and he's brilliant.
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8. James Fleet as the local laird. It's a bit part, but he's great whatever he's in. You may know him better as Hugo from The Vicar of Dibley.
9. There's a haunted toilet. Haunted by the ghost of a cow.
10. The fake wedding, in which Katie has to attempt an American accent.
11. This costume. Not to mention the fact that he does that little foot pop thing:
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12. David Tennant playing the bagpipes. Or pretending to, at least.
13. The opening scene where there are a bunch of different 'brides' in different coloured dresses to throw the paparazzi off track.
14. The scene where Katie pretends she lives in the haunted toilet and offers the paparazzi grilled puffin for lunch.
15. This scene:
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16. David Tennant in a swan shaped pedalo. 
17. Hamish Clarke, aka Duncan from Monarch of the Glen.
18. It's now available for streaming on Netflix. YOU'RE WELCOME, AMERICA. And it's available on DVD in Australia.

- "Turn me concave with caverns of longingness." "Oh, God. Did I write that? 'Longingness.' It’s not even a word." "No. That was just me saying what I was thinking." "Oh, right. Sorry....... [awkwardly] It finally got dark, then?"
- "My life flashed before my eyes, and I was bored half way through... Drowning was actually a highlight."
- "Please, forgive me. I've spent lots of time with...hermits."
- "A chapter can be a book."
- "I've gone man vegan. They say that after the first six years, you don't miss them any more."
- "Predominantly, it's a sheep snatching thing."
- "We could get married in outer space, or the lost underwater kingdom of Atlantis?"
- "There is somebody out there for you, somebody's sensitive, and faithful, and kind. But you'll never meet him if you're hiding here." "Good! I don't want to meet him, he sounds like a twat. Anyway, I'm like kryptonite to men. Kryptonite dipped in cellulite."
- "How do you know that you've met the one?" 'Whenever you look at them you'll find yourself singing "you are the wind beneath my wings."..."
- "I'm pretty sure that's not a real cow. Unless it's gotten hold of a kazoo..."
- "Did you sign the register?" "You saw me. Why?" "I think in all the fuss, I may have signed my own name!"
- "Do you like him?" "He's an emotionally retarded arty boy who's in love with another woman. Of course I like him."
- "At least the fact that you're going to leave me for another woman has been agreed in advance..."
- "Has the marriage been consummated?" "No... I just haven't had time."
- "You are...staggeringly beautiful." [Why thank you, David Tennant]
- "He's disguised as a wizard."
- "Here, we live in primitive dwellings that anthropologists like to call HOUSES."
- "Are you gonna fight like a man, or just throw puffins at me?"

It may be a complete and utter cheesefest of a romantic comedy. But it's also pretty hilarious and totally adorable. So, have I convinced you to watch it yet???

K xx

28 comments:

  1. I. Will pay. Two hundred grand. To have Dylan Moran and David Tennant facsimiles in my apartment. Now go forth and procure!

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    1. Did Caro tell you that when I took her to Minotaur, they had all the Doctor Who cardboard cutouts EXCEPT David Tennant? I was most upset...

      Are we talking New Zealand dollars? Or dollars that are actually worth something?? ;)

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  2. I saw this for Tennant and then four more times because it's just adorable. I'm very vocal about being mostly anti-romantic comedy, but this one was just too cute to pass up.

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    1. Seriously. It's SO ADORABLE. I desperately want to buy it, but I'm not sure I can justify $32 for it at the moment :( Hopefully no one buys it and they put it in the $10 bin REALLY soon!

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    1. Apparently! I have no way of testing this, but according to a whole hoard of Tennant fan girls on Tumblr, it's there.

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    2. I can confirm it's on Netflix streaming. In America. As that's where I am.

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  4. Is this movie on Netflix? Cause if it is - I need to watch it ASAP!

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    1. YES. APPARENTLY. ACCORDING TO TUMBLR. Obviously, I have no means of fact checking this, although the fact that Leah has it in her queue would definitely suggest that it's available!

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  5. I put it in my Netflix queue weeks ago, and have yet to watch it. This post definitely makes me excited to watch it!

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    1. IT WAS SO GOOD. I'm pretty sure that when I procure a copy of my very own (rather than a rented copy) we should do a #dblt. BECAUSE OF REASONS.

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  6. Finally a movie I haven't seen, and yes, I deperately want to watch it now!

    Will aim to do so ASAP!

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    1. I will warn you (again), it IS a complete and utter cheese fest. But it was SO. STINKING. CUTE. The credits started rolling and I immediately wanted to watch it again.

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    2. That description reminds me of a book I just read, I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. I am usually not into chick lit, but once in a while I'll read one if I'm in need of a quick fluff read. This one, I got to the end, and just wanted to start over from the beginning. I don't even know why, specifically.

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    3. I've read that boook ^ really enjoyed it :-)

      But then I read fluff every other day of the week lol

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  7. It sounds like a lot of fun, plus it has David Tennant in it. In short, there's no possible way I could avoid watching this movie.

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    1. Seriously. I set out to watch it just for the Tennant factor. But there is so much more awesomeness than just the Tennant factor. You really should track it down.

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  8. I have to say I've never heard of it, but it definitely looks cute.

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    1. It's slipped under the radar quite well. It didn't do particularly well at the movies in the UK, and it got canned by the critics (of course it did, it's a rom com!) so the studio basically just released it straight to DVD everywhere else. Which sucks, because it's great!

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  9. Hahahahahahah...that last gif is brilliant! Also, this movie is now on the (embarrassingly) long list of films I have yet to see.

    That list includes (I'm ashamed to admit) Schindler's List, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King, to name just a few.

    I AM A HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE PERSON!

    Seriously, though, who hasn't seen THOSE movies?

    XOXO

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    1. I've never seen Schindler's List either, and I haven't seen any of the other three in at least 16 years and don't really remember any of them very well. So if you're a horrible person, I am too!
      xx

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  10. After reading the plot summary, I thought, "This looks like something I might enjoy. I wonder if it's on Netflix." Sure enough...it is. And so I stopped reading the post because I didn't want to spoil any surprises for myself. But rest assured...I shall read the full post after I watch the movie. :)

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    1. YESSSSSSSSSSS. I'm pretty sure you'll love it. It's SO FREAKING CUTE.

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  11. I was sold at David Tennant. Thank you very much.

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    1. Seriously. It's kind of hard to go past that. Especially when it's David Tennant wearing ridiculous plaid trousers and pretending to play the bagpipes.

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  12. I keep reading this as The Decoy Betty...

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    1. Ahahahahahahahahaha, I hadn't even thought of that! But in the same circumstances, I would read it that way too :)

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  13. I just watched this and nearly cried at the deaf couple scene. I actually said, aloud, to no one "oh my! they are deaf!"

    Brilliant.

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