New York Times 8 March, 2012 | Neil Genzlinger
“I’ve gone man vegan,” Katie (Kelly Macdonald) says early in “The Decoy Bride,” explaining that she has given up on ever finding love. “They say after the first six years that you don’t miss them anymore.”
Ah, but Cupid works in strange and sometimes very funny ways, as this charming, nontaxing comedy directed by Sheree Folkson makes clear. A celebrity couple — a gorgeous film star named Lara and a prissy writer named James (Alice Eve and David Tennant) – are looking for a spot for their wedding where the paparazzi won’t find them. They choose an island that James used as the setting for his acclaimed novel even though (it emerges) he had never been there.
Katie is recruited to be James’s bride in a fake wedding to throw off one particularly persistent photographer, and you can guess the rest. Ms. Macdonald and Mr. Tennant make a sweet pair, initially hostile to each other but thawing as they play out their masquerade. The script, by Sally Phillips and Neil Jaworski, mocks celebrity culture but never turns too caustic. The movie, like an island vacation, passes pleasantly and all too quickly.