While You Were Sleeping

"Weak"

While You Were Sleeping Review


In case you aren't already prepared, brace yourself for a literal onslaught of summer movie romances. While You Were Sleeping is one of 1995's early entries. It certainly isn't going to be the best.

As heavily promoted as it's been, you should know the plot by know. Sandra Bullock is Lucy, a goofy, salt-of-the-earth Chicago Transit Authority toll booth attendant who falls in love (at first sight) with Peter (Peter Gallagher), a yuppie lawyer. Almost immediately after Lucy swoons, Peter gets pushed onto the train tracks, whereupon Lucy comes to the rescue. Then the obligatory "misunderstanding" occurs: Peter's concerned parents think Lucy is Peter's fiancee, pulling Lucy into the family as a new member. But when Peter's brother Jack (Bill Pullman) arrives on the scene, Lucy and Jack begin to fall in love and, well...you get the picture.

Or maybe you don't. Most of the film is pretty nonsensical. It's predictable at best and just plain dull most of the time, focusing ad nauseam on Lucy's moral dilemma about whether or not to end her charade. Slapstick is the preferred method of making the audience laugh: there is a considerable amount of falling down and other humorous forms of injury. Peter's dysfunctional family is good for a few laughs, but otherwise I barely cracked a smile. In fact, the film's blatant product placement elicits groans. When asked what Peter's favorite ice cream is, Lucy's response isn't a flavor, but rather, "Baskin-Robbins."

The sad thing about While You Were Sleeping isn't just the lack of originality and humor, rather, it's the statement that the film ultimately makes. The movie's apparent bottom line is that people can be really shallow, but that's OK, because love will conquer everything, and it doesn't matter who gets trampled along the way. When you think about it, it's not just annoying, it's insulting.



While You Were Sleeping

Facts and Figures

Run time: 103 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st April 1995

Box Office Worldwide: $182.1M

Budget: $17M

Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures

Production compaines: Caravan Pictures, Hollywood Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Fresh: 45 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, as Jack Callaghan, as Peter Callaghan, as Ox Callaghan, as Saul, as Elsie, as Midge Callaghan, as Mary Callaghan

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