Review of While You Were Sleeping (1995)

while you were sleeping

By Christine Iannicelli

Sandra Bullock’s rise to fame is most attributed to her role in the 1994 action film Speed, but I will always credit her starring in the romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping as the moment when this talented actress became America’s sweetheart.

Bullock plays a lonely token collector at a Chicago train station named Lucy who is enamored by a handsome stranger who commutes every day by train.  One day, this stranger (named Peter) falls onto the tracks and Lucy rescues him.  Peter ends up in a coma and through a misinterpretation at the hospital, one of the nurses informs Peter’s family that Lucy is his fiancée!

Without a family of her own to go home to, Lucy is touched by the love and affection Peter’s family bestows upon her and decides to play along with the lie.  But what will she do when Peter finally wakes up, especially since she is starting to fall in love with his brother Jack?!

While You Were Sleeping is a perfect balance of comedy, sentiment, and romance.  Lucy is quirky and down-to-earth and the supporting characters, including Peter Boyle and Micole Mercurio as the parents, are hilarious.  I especially liked Bill Pullman’s portrayal of the brother Jack.

While You Were Sleeping is a feel-good movie that I can watch year-round and one that I highly recommend you check out this summer!

Favorite Quote:

Peter: “I don’t think I’ve ever done anything truly heroic in my life.”

Lucy: “You give up your seat every day in the train.”

Peter: “Well… But that’s not heroic.”

Lucy: “It is to the person who sits in it.”


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