Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Find Out What Happened "While You Were Sleeping"

"While You Were Sleeping"

Tagline: A story about love at second sight.

Sandra Bullock is a classic actress for romantic comedies. Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, The LakeHouse. But this is my favorite movie of hers. It is much less flashy than "Only You," but similarly finds the female lead confused between two men. Bullock plays the character of Lucy, a lonely woman in love with a man she's never met, but sees everyday at the train station where she works as a token-taker. Lucy is humorous as she gets swept up into Peter's family when they think she's his fiancé after saving his life. Peter can't speak out against this as he's in a coma after the train accident and Lucy's left to choose between playing along with his family's assumptions or telling them the truth. Lucy's always wanted a family, but Peter's brother, Jack, played by Bill Pullman, senses there's something Lucy's hiding. As Jack attaches himself to Lucy to find out the truth, he learns his goal might no longer be exposing Lucy but whether or not to "steal" her from his unconscious brother.

This summary might sound complicted, but once the movie gets rolling, it's a simple plot that takes many humorous turns. Lucy's neighbor, Joe Jr., played byMichael Rispoli, is thrown into the mix with his infatuation for Lucy and his refusal to accept her lack of interest in him. The great part about this movie is how the characters represent real people living in Chicago and facing moral dilemmas. Should I tell the truth and lose my chance at love? Should I woe my brother's fiance for myself? Okay, maybe these are not entirely common problems, but Bullock plays a likeable and realistic woman longing for love and a family. The viewer can't help but reach out to her. The Callaghan family is great with their constant speaking over each other and immediate warm welcome of Lucy into the family barely knowing her, but inviting her to the house on Christmas. Also, the use of the title in the movie is very touching. Rent this movie if you want a low-key and sweet romantic comedy.

Favorite Lines:

Mother: What's your type, Jack?
Jack: I don't know.
Jack's sister: You like brunettes.
Jack glances guiltily at Lucy
Jack: No, I don't. I like blondes.

(Before this, Jack accuses Lucy of leaning into Joe Jr. earlier in the day and Lucy asks him to describe leaning)
Jack: Leaning involves wanting... and accepting (leans toward Lucy). Leaning.
Joe Jr.:Hey, Luce! Is this guy bothering you?
Lucy: (laughing) No, no.
Joe Jr.: Are you sure? Because it looks like he's... leaning.
Jack: Thank you.

Joe Jr. I got tickets to the Ice Capades. I know a guy.

Joe Jr.: Okay, Lucy. It's either me or him!
Lucy: Him.
Joe Jr.: You don't have to answer right away.

Jerry (Lucy's boss): You're born into a family. You do not join them like you do the Marines.