Marco Ballani:(gleefully) I've ruined plenty of lives! You're nothing special.
Lara Tyler, an immensely popular movie star, is hounded by the paparazzi due to her upcoming wedding to James Arber, an aspiring writer and author of her favorite book, The Ornithologist's Wife. In an attempt to escape the attention of the press, the two secretly head off to the tiny Scottish island of Hegg, where James' book takes place. Meanwhile, Hegg native Katie laments her luck with men after having just been rejected by her fiancé, and decides to live with her wheelchair-bound mother for the time being. A writer herself, she is drafted into writing a guidebook to Hegg by her old friend Charley.Lara's agent Steve and his assistant Emma soon arrive on the island, and promptly make over the local ancient castle with an insane amount of money and work in preparation for the wedding, claiming to be part of a "marketing conference" to avoid the attention of the press. However, despite precautions, Lara's most persistent paparazzi photographer is on the scent, and when James bumps into Katie in the local haunted toilet, everything goes exactly not as planned.With a cast of Kelly MacDonald, David Tennant, and Alice Eve, The Decoy Bride came out in Australia in 2011, not reaching the United Kingdom and United States until March 2012.This film includes examples of:
Accidental Marriage: James and Katie realize they actually are married when they discuss signing the register - James signed as himself, naturally, and Katie jokingly signed her own name, not thinking about the consequences.
Actor Allusion: David Tennant changing his name to "John" and then "Johnson" hearkens back to his role on Doctor Who, where his usual alias was John Smith.
He also describes Lara at one point as "brilliant," one of Ten's most common catch phrases.
Katie, too, as evidenced by her attempt to ask "John Johnson" out:
Katie: Look. You're here to work - obviously. Uh. But if you ever fancy a coffee, I just live at the B&B over down there. With my mother. Just, I'm around, most of the time. And I'm a whole lot HOTTER than I look.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Angus gives one to Katie. It's surprisingly passionate and beautiful, which actually makes it a bit upsetting when she turns him down.
Bride and Switch: Steve and Emma pay Katie to stand in for Lara at the wedding without telling James. He catches on once Katie is forced to speak (in a badly-faked American accent) and demands to know what the hell is going on.
There are also the various fake brides in the opening sequence.
Call Back: The photographer (in disguise) tells Katie's mother he's photographing rare birds, which gets the sarcastic reply of something like "You'd have more luck photographing hedgehogs." He's seen in the credits selling pictures of Hegg's wildlife, including hedgehogs.
Disappeared Dad: Katie's father left years ago. She and her mother keep a picture of him on the wall to throw darts at.
Fake American: Katie tries this in one scene and fails miserably. Her normal accent is close to a coastal Maine accent. Whatever she was trying to do doesn't sound anything like any accent that either Americans or Canadians have.
Fake Boobs: Steve sees fit to stuff some padding into Katie's bosom during her makeover.
Last Minute Hookup: Between Lara and the Paparazzi photographer during the film's ending credits.
To be fair, he figures out pretty early on in the movie that he loves her and confesses this to an old woman (not realising it's actually Lara in disguise).
Makeover Montage: Lara's make up artists give a reluctant Katie a makeover to prepare her for her time as Lara's stand-in. Katie hates it, but finds herself surprisingly pleased by the results. Steve shivers in horror and adds more veil to cover her up.
Purple Prose: James' book is apparently full of the poorly done type of this.
Katie's guidebook also has a little, but she's actually pretty good at it.
Rescue Romance: James and Katie act considerably warmer toward each other after he saves her from drowning.
Shipper on Deck: The Reverend tells James and Katie they make a good match.
And Katie's mother persuades her to go after James.
Snipe Hunt: To distract Steve and Emma and the various paparazzi from James and Lara, Katie sends both groups off to the haunted toilet.
Stalker With a Crush: The paparazzi photographer reveals that he is obsessed with Lara, and takes all of the photographs of her not for the money per se, but because he loves her. He seems to have his love returned in the ending credits.