Day 21: My guilty pleasure film

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The Decoy Bride (2011)

The definition of guilty pleasure is “something that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.” I have a trousseau of romcoms that would fit this brief and one of my favourites is this British gem starring Kelly Macdonald and David Tennant.

There are so many things I love about this film – the dialogue (written by Sally Phillips) is full of zingers and quotable lines, the secondary characters are brilliant (Dylan Moran, Sally Phillips and Michael Urie in particular), the Scottish accents make everything sound better (although David Tennant plays an Englishman) and the soundtrack’s a cracker.

Director Sheree Folkson does a great job but I can’t help feeling it is Sally Phillips who brings the magic. You might know her better as Shazzer in the Bridget Jones films where she steals the show in every scene she’s in and she also does a delightful Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). Kelly Macdonald is one of my ‘go to’ actors and I never tire of watching her and the 10th Doctor falling inexorably in love. Our family is known to quote her lines from this film at opportune and inopportune moments – “I’ve gone man-vegan. They say you don’t miss it after the first six years.”

So now, come clean – what is your guilty pleasure film?

And for tomorrow’s prompt (your favourite film that passes the Bechdel test) if you’re not sure what this is, have a look here at the Bechdel Test Movie List where you can search for your movie. In short it is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two (named) women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man.

Posted as part of the 30-Day Fillums Challenge, created by me. If you want to see what’s coming up, have a look at my post here and feel free to join in by commenting each day with your own choice.

Coming Next: Day 22: Your favourite film the passes the Bechdel Test

3 thoughts on “Day 21: My guilty pleasure film

  1. Rom com for me too😃
    I choose How to “Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. Light hearted and cheeky. Kate Hudson is stunning in that yellow dress😃

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    • I struggle to like Matthew McConaughey although I just rewatched The Wedding Planner and he was quite likeable in that. He’s played slightly arrogant and smug in lots of movies and it’s turned me off him as a romantic lead.


  2. Day 21: Crossroads (2002)… when Britney gave acting a go… need I say more 😅 Still can’t go on a road trip with the girls without blasting Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy!


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