The Decoy Bride

Synopsis: Famous actress Lara Tyler can't get married to author James Arber without intrusive paparazzi crashing the ceremony. Because of James's best-seller, Lara's agent, Steve, checks out the little known Hegg Island in Scotland as the site for their next attempted wedding. Unfortunately, James is a hack, and his book (supposedly based on Hegg) relays little of it accurately. Katie, an island native and the only unmarried woman on it, has been unlucky in love. She's working on writing her own guide to Hegg Island when Steve and crew arrive, eventually hiring her as a reluctant decoy bride to distract the paparazzi. In a mix-up, she and James end up married to each other while Lara, having spotted the press, goes into hiding. Katie and James now have to get an island divorce while avoiding the press while other parties seek out Lara (who has disguised herself as one of the elderly islanders).
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sheree Folkson
Production: IFC Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Throngs of people outside still waiting

for the bride to appear.

She's not in there. I can feel it.

Any moment now, she should

be leaving the hotel.

I overestimated her. I thought

she'd be more elusive.

- I don't understand what's happening.

- What is going on here?

I don't think they want us to know

which one the real bride is.

The streets are full of brides,

the skies are full of brides,

the press doesn't know which way is up.

- I'm a genius. Still no sign

of Marco Ballani? - None.

- Our intelligence says he's

gone skiing. - Now?

Then we're good.


You! What the hell are

you doing in there?

I am the wedding photographer.

Can I have the tall people at the back?

- OK, buster, fun's over.

- How long have you been in there?

Oh, my God. This is not soda.

I'm gonna kill you!

- You are ruining my life!

- I've ruined plenty of lives.

You're nothing special.

You abscess!

When I do get married, you will not

even know what continent I'm on!

Marco Ballani, you golden Roman god!

I will not be defeated by

that disease of a man.

We're gonna have to disappear


We can get married in outer space.

Or the lost underwater

kingdom of Atlantis?

Outer space? I don't think you can yet.

Is that what your intelligence

tells you?

We're gonna have to go somewhere

crazy remote.

Hi, Mum.

Oh, no.

- What's happened?

- Nothing. I'm fine.

- I'm fine. - Well, that's good.

Just so long as you're fine.

Are you going somewhere?

I don't suppose you're in

the mood for a wedding?

There is somebody out there for you,

somebody 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.

I'm like kryptonite to men.

Kryptonite dipped in cellulite.

So, what's new on Hegg?

Give me the headlines.

One of Donald's sheep drowned.

They had to fish it out

with a curtain rail.

- Hello.

- Mild out, isn't it, Iseabail?

It's this global warming.

- Katie's back.

- Are we late?

Too late to marry him.


Sorry. No.

Hi, Angus.

You're too late, Katie Nic

Aodh. He's mine now!

There's always the Oban tinker. He'll

be visiting come September.

And he's keen to marry

on account of his leg.

I'll marry you, Katie. How old

will you be in eight years?

- 40.

- Could have gone to 36.

- The return of the native.

- Hello, Laird.

That was quite the entrance, Katie.

And continuing the theme of

my public humiliation,

I may need my old job back.

What happened to your

fancy Edinburgh job

at the trouser catalogue?

I ran out of ways to describe pockets.

If you don't mind me saying, Katie,

you've always had such a

terrible taste in men.

I know. I've gone man vegan.

They say after the first six years

you don't miss them any more.

You've picked the right spot to try it.

There are no single men left on

Hegg, are there, after today?

Except for me, of course.

Perhaps you'll dance with me later on.

You'll not be forgetting

Hegg law, Laird.

- You must dance with us all. Eldest

to youngest. - Oh, yes.

The dance of the dead.

Which means I should get to you

about 4:
30 in the morning.


how long are you back for?

Well, actually, I'm thinking

of staying.

I thought you said nothing

ever happened here.

No. Well, nothing happening

is becoming more appealing.

So, this is all very grown-up.

You've a wife

- and a beard.

- Well,

Muireen thinks differently

of beards than you.

And marriage.

Look, I truly hope you'll be...


An Island History,

The Definitive Guide.

By Katie Nic Aodh.

5 a copy. We split the proceeds.

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