Fave Film #15 – While You Were Sleeping

1995

Cast- Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Glynis Johns

Lucy (Bullock) is a Chicago subway worker with no family and few friends.  When the man she fancies herself in love with (Gallagher) is unconscious on the tracks with a train about to run him over she risks her own life to save him.  At the hospital, Peter is in a coma and confusion abounds with the family believing Lucy to be Peter’s fiance and she gets caught up in the madness.

Why I love it – I love Sandra Bullock’s performance in this movie and, like her character, fell in love with the Callahan family.  They were hysterical and the writing was top-notch.  The absurdity and warmth of the family made me understand Lucy’s ongoing decision to keep quiet about her deception.  It is the family in this one that is the stabilizing factor for this romantic comedy and I loved that.

This is a perfect time of year to watch this feel-good movie since it takes place over Christmas and the New Year.  It is a reminder to all of us who have loving family to celebrate the holidays with that there are those who could use a little cheer and an invitation to join in the celebration.  Lucy was adopted by a family that did not know her and I think that we could all benefit from taking that to heart.

I have seen this movie too many times to count and I love it every time.  It is my favorite Sandra movie and maybe the only time I ever felt like Bill Pullman was a great romantic lead (but feel free to tell me if there is a better one).  She is charming and likeable, as is the movie.  And when my husband gave me a choice, like Lucy, the only stamp I wanted in my passport was from Italy.

Interesting fact- Demi Moore was first slated to be Lucy.  I think Bullock was the perfect choice.  Only Bullock could have made this silly, sappy movie a success.