Let’s Get Married: 20 Movies About a Bogus Marriage

As the classic said, all happy families are similar to each other, which cannot be said about false assorted unions created out of necessity by strangers. In the latest movies and old but interesting tapes, many stories about arranged marriages and fake married life are embodied. And intriguing films and spicy TV shows about a fictitious marriage that turns into love are always popular with viewers from all over the world.

Marry Me Dude (2017)

The hero of the French comedy film Yassin came from Morocco to conquer Paris , having every chance to build a brilliant career as an architect. But on the eve of the exams, he goes on a spree and is not at the university, which will have to say goodbye to his studies and legal stay in France. The most reliable way to get a foreign visa is to get married, so the Moroccan is urgently looking for a wife candidate. But only Fred’s best friend agrees to such a deception, and now the straight guys will have to convincingly portray a couple of gay lovers in love.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Épouse-moi mon pote

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Tarek Budali, Philippe Lachot, Charlotte Gabris…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Citizen Katerina (mini-series, 2015)

A touching mini-series about a fictitious marriage that gave false newlyweds a chance for happiness. When the Dymchenko sisters were orphaned, the aunt took the younger Sonya to live with her for a while. Soon, older sister Katya learned that a childless relative had secretly taken custody of her niece against her will. The girl leaves Moldova for Moscow to take her beloved sister under her care. But this is unrealistic without Russian citizenship, the shortest way to which is marriage. But will Katya be able to find a groom on her own terms?

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Valeria Lanskaya, Kirill Grebenshchikov, Anastasia Denisova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Love for Rent (2014)

The hero of the Russian comedy film Alexander managed to build a successful business thanks to the start-up capital received from his aunt from America. Fifteen years later, she decided to visit her nephew and see the result of investing her own money. For the cause, Alexander was calm, unlike his personal life, since for many years he lied to a relative that he was happily married. The noteworthy bachelor fell into despair, fearing that his aunt would react inadequately to the deceit and deprive him of what he had acquired. The best comrade Boris came to the rescue, offering to marry his charming wife and son to Alexander’s family.

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Elena Podkaminskaya, Dmitry Miller, Elena Valyushkina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


We are the Millers (2013)

Small -time drug dealer David Clark got into serious trouble, managing to miss all the proceeds. To pay off the supplier, the bungler dealer will have to cross the border with a large consignment of goods. Reasoning that the border guards have fewer questions for family travelers , single David collects a fake cell of society from the stripper Rose, his own client Kenny and the wild girl Casey. An incendiary company travels around the country, running into danger and adventure , and becoming more and more attached to each other.

Original title:
We’re the Millers

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Make-believe engagement (2013)

Chicago childhood friends Molly and Josh have been living and working in Los Angeles for a long time, but still stay in touch. When loving mother Molly invites them to her next wedding , young people willingly go to their native places. A problem arises on the spot – the relatives were expecting the arrival of Josh with his fiancee, and Molly with her boyfriend, with whom the heroes broke up just the day before. In order not to spoil anyone’s mood, the guys decide to pretend to be a couple, not suspecting what this lie will turn into for good.

Original title:
One Small Hitch

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Shane McRae, Aubrey Dollar, Daniel J. Travanti …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Sarah prefers to run (2013)

The Canadian sports drama , which received a high rating from film critics at Cannes, continues our list of the best films about marriages of convenience. 20-year-old Sarah Lepage is a talented athlete from Quebec who cannot imagine her life without running. When she gets a chance to get into an athletics club in Montreal, the girl moves without hesitation. The mother does not approve of her daughter’s hobbies and does not support her financially, so Sarah persuades her friend Antoine to rent an apartment together. To receive benefits for a young family, the heroes get married, but is it only self-interest that drives this couple?

Original title:
Sarah préfère la course

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, sports

Actors:
Sophie Desmarais, Jean-Sebastien Courchin, Genevieve Boivin-Roussy …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Married for 2 days (2012)

The heroine of the comedy film Isabelle met the man of her dreams, reliable and solid. The case is moving towards the wedding, but the bride is haunted by a family curse – to find happiness only in the second marriage. To circle fate around her finger, the beauty decides to first marry the first person she meets, get a divorce, and create a strong family on the second attempt. “Husband for two days” was chosen eccentric, but sweet Jean-Yves, unaware of his unenviable role. Will Isabelle follow through with her cunning plan?

Original title:
Un plan parfait

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Diane Kruger, Dany Boon, Alice Paul …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Pretend to be my husband (2012)

Another comedy film about a fictitious marriage that turns into love. At a photo shoot in the studio of a pet photographer , the beloved cat of the Croatian mafia boss was injured. The life of an unlucky guy hung in the balance, but instead of death, he was offered to marry the daughter of a mafia in order to obtain her citizenship. Brian was not supposed to have informal contact with Masha, since she was the bride of his father’s assistant. But during the honeymoon, the beauty was kidnapped, and the false newlywed set to searching for her.

Original title:
You May Not Kiss the Bride

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Dave Annable, Katherine McPhee, Rob Schneider …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Pretend to be my wife (2011)

Once upon a time, plastic surgeon Danny was going to get married, but the bride caused him such a psychological trauma that since then he did not want to hear about marriage. However, by the nature of his activity, the hero is always surrounded by women, and is not averse to hitting them. Wanting to touch the heart of the beautiful Palmer, Danny attributed to himself a non-existent family in which he was allegedly unhappy, but the beauty suddenly wanted to get to know them. To prevent the deception from being revealed, the doctor asked his assistant, single mother Katherine, to play the role of his wife. Will the business agreement grow into something more?

Original title:
Just Go with It

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


The Joneses (2010)

A comedy-drama about how perfect a marriage of convenience can be. Settling in a prosperous small town, Kate and Steve Jones and their adorable children Mick and Jenn quickly became popular. The townspeople sought to imitate the exemplary family in everything, buying the same things and household items. They did not suspect that the Jones family was fake, assembled from outsiders whose task was to advertise certain products. However, soon the neighbors began to notice that not everything was fine in the “noble” family.

Original title:
The Joneses

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Proposal (2009)

A comedy melodrama about the spectacular  businesswoman Margaret Tate, who holds a senior position in a large company and is not distinguished by a meek disposition. But even such an iron lady has an Achilles heel – Margaret is not a US citizen, and her visa is expiring. To avoid deportation to Canada, the heroine proposes a fictitious marriage to her subordinate Andrew. The guy, having drunk dashingly from the tough character of the boss, agrees, but subject to several conditions that Margaret is unlikely to like.

Original title:
The Proposal

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, drama

Actors:
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenbergen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Fake Wedding (2009)

Having met at the wedding of mutual friends, the heroes of the comedy film Jennifer and Vincent decided that it is very profitable to be newlyweds, because they are given so many expensive gifts! When Vince gets into unsustainable debts, and Jen loses all the acquired property, the dashing couple decides to improve their financial situation by arranging a fake marriage. However, the deceivers did not take into account that a magnificent wedding for show is a very expensive business, and before you get the benefit from it, you will have to spend a lot of money.

Original title:
My Fake Fiancé

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Melissa Joan Hart, Joseph Lawrence, Jason MacDonald…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Silence of Lorna (2008)

A dramatic film about a young Albanian, Lorna, who, for the sake of European citizenship, entered into a fictitious marriage with the Belgian Claudy. The girl is not going to be the wife of her husband, a drug addict , and is trying to provoke him to violence in order to quickly get a divorce. But the missing Claudy turns out to be a gentleman who is unable to raise his hand against a woman. Moreover, during the period of enlightenment, the false spouse is going to be treated for addiction. But a long life with him is not included in the plans of Lorna and her real fiance, so it remains only to arrange the death of the Belgian.

Original title:
Le silence de Lorna

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Art Dobroshi, Jeremy Renier, Fabrizio Rongione …

Country:
Belgium, France, Italy, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Random Husband (2008)

New York psychologist Emma Lloyd, played by the magnificent Uma Thurman, is successful in everything – she hosts a radio show and writes a book where she gives advice to women on arranging their personal lives. She recommends that her audience choose reliable and respectable men, which she herself does when she is going to marry the editor-in-chief, solid and positive Richard. But on the eve of the wedding, Emma discovers that according to the documents she is already married! To eliminate this misunderstanding, the girl meets her random husband – a simple firefighter Patrick.

Original title:
The Accidental Husband

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth …

Country:
USA, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Vacation in handcuffs (2007)

A romantic New Year’s film about how a young waitress tried by any means to meet the expectations of her family. Trudy has a streak of bad luck in her life – dreaming of a career as an artist , the girl is forced to work in a cafe, and her boyfriend left her right before Christmas. Coming home for the holidays as a loser was out of the question. The heroine finds a non-standard way out of the situation – she kidnaps a cafe visitor who has come on a date with another, and forces her to impersonate her boyfriend.

Original title:
Holiday in Handcuffs

Genre:
Thriller, drama, romance, comedy, crime, detective, family

Actors:
Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Timothy Bottoms…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Chuck & Larry: Fire Wedding (2007)

Buddies Chuck and Larry work in the same fire brigade, but have different attitudes towards life. Carefree bachelor Chuck does not think about tomorrow, and a serious widower Larry strives to ensure the future of children in all fire cases. But social benefits can only be issued to a married couple, and Larry asks Chuck to pretend to be his partner. The fictitious gays, played by brilliant comedians Adam Sandler and Kevin James, are in for a series of hilarious situations, and the film is getting rave reviews from the audience.

Original title:
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Bridegroom for rent (2005)

Confident businesswoman Kat Ellis nothing can unsettle, even an invitation to London for her sister’s wedding, where her ex-boyfriend will be the best man. Once he left her for an unknown reason, and now Kat must wipe his nose, appearing at the celebration successful and happy. Without thinking twice, the girl hires an employee of the escort agency Nick Mercer for the role of the groom. Depicting stormy love in front of the guests, won’t they believe in it themselves?

Original title:
The Wedding Date

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Family for Rent (1997)

Middle-aged businessman Sam Field was quite satisfied with his current life – the man is rich, successful, free and loved by the fair sex. But another deal made him seriously tense. An important business partner and devout supporter of family values ​​\u200b\u200bwas going to visit Sam with his family. In order not to lose a lucrative contract, the convinced bachelor Field urgently needs to acquire a fictitious family, which an employee of his enterprise, a single mother Kathleen with a charming daughter, took to portray.

Original title:
Borrowed Hearts

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, romance

Actors:
Roma Downey, Eric McCormack, Sean Thompson …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
0+


Royal Grace (1995)

Film starring Robert Downey Jr. as the new veterinarian of the English court during the reign of Charles II. Young medic Robert Merivel is hired only to treat royal dogs , but fate gives him a chance to excel. The voluptuous king offers the guy rank and wealth for marrying Lady Celia’s favorite in order to hide adultery from the queen. Of course, the marriage should not be real and the newlyweds are not even entitled to touch each other. But Robert falls in love with a fictitious wife, incurring the wrath of Carl.

Original title:
Restoration

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography, history

Actors:
Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Residence permit (1990)

At the beginning of this romantic comedy, Frenchman Georges Faure and American Bronte Mitchell enter into a mutually beneficial marriage agreement. For a guy, this is a chance to get American citizenship, and for a girl – an opportunity to buy a dream apartment in an elite house for couples. Random acquaintances will have an interview at the migration service, where they will carefully check the veracity of each of their words. To play the role of truly close people, Georges and Bronte will have to get to know each other better, going from hatred to love …

Original title:
Green Card

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Gerard Depardieu, Andy MacDowell, Bibi Neuwirth …

Country:
France, Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
0+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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