This is one of the better movies of its genre. Sandra Bullock plays a likable girl whose main desire in life is to get a stamp in her passport from a foreign country. Having lost both parents, she lives with her cat in a small Chicago apartment with her cat and has to avoid the stereotypical Italian (a la Andrew Dice Clay) super's son's advances.
She works a a token booth clerk and fantasizes about a rich passenger that passes her booth daily. One day he is pushed to the tracks by some teens and knocked unconscious. Bullock jumps to the tracks and saves him and then goes with him to the hospital. He is in a coma and when his family comes to visit, they mistakenly think that Bullock is his fiancee.
Bullock doesn't have the heart to tell them she isn't, especially because they are so nice and provide Bullock with the family affection that she is missing. It gets real interesting when Bullock slowly starts falling for the coma man's brother. Tension mounts knowing that wben the coma man wakes, Bullock will be exposed as a fake.
This was a really fun movie.
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If you don't mind a heavy dose of schmaltz and sentiment, this romantic comedy has a gentle way of seducing you with its charms.While You Were Sleepingwas the first starring role for Sandra Bullock after her blockbuster success inSpeed. In a role that nicely emphasizes her easygoing appeal, Bullock is the reason the movie works at all. She plays Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a Chicago Transit tollbooth clerk who's hopelessly smitten with a daily commuter, Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher). She saves the object of her affection from certain death after he's mugged and falls onto the train tracks. While Peter is in a coma, she lets his family believe that she is his fiancée, and surprisingly finds herself drawn to his brother (Bill Pullman), for whom the attraction is definitely mutual. How Lucy gets out of this amorous predicament is what makes this pleasant movie less predictable than its familiar ingredients would initially indicate. It's feel-good fluff, with characters and performances that keep you smiling through the drippy plot mechanics.--Jeff Shannon