While You Were Sleeping

Year: 1995
Production Co: Caravan Pictures
Director: Jon Turtletaub
Producer: Roger Birnbaum
Writer: Fredric LeBow
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle

This cutesy blockbuster rom-com cemented Sandra Bullock's above the title presence in the genre. She plays a ticket collector on the Chicago train system with nothing in her life but the handsome man (Gallagher) she fantasises about when he comes to buy a ticket every day.

Thinking she can sink no lower than working Christmas day because she's got nobody in her life, her imagined beau comes to buy his ticket as usual and then falls unconscious onto the tracks in the path of an oncoming train after he trips over.

When she drags him to safety and he's put in hospital, his family are so grateful and nice to her she poses as his fiancé to stay in their good graces.

With the unsuspecting man still unconscious in hospital his family take her in with open arms and she loves every minute of being surrounded by simple people who love each other, as in the family dinner where she takes unalloyed joy in listening to them all talk the sort of crap families do.

But she can't help an attraction to the younger brother (Pullman) of the unconscious man, and when she does you can see the rest of the movie as clear as train tracks laid out in front of you.

Bullock didn't have the accomplished hold on comedy we saw in the Miss Congeniality films but it's good for a few warm-hearted giggles.

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