At the time the film didn’t seem sinister or strange in the slightest bit – there was the completely ordinary could-never-stop-traffic-with-her-beauty-ever-honest Sandra Bullock in the midst of a slightly psychotic stalking episode, just having a laugh with her pretend fiancée’s family and falling in L-U-V. A tenaciously sentimental hour and a half of undiluted, disturbed romantic gestures that read like Valentines Day cards designed by serial killers in solitude.It was a cuddly, whimsical modern fairy tale with a happy ending and plenty of ‘can you believe all these crazy characters!? It presents a character set of screw ups, loners and ‘oddballs’ so detached from reality and so obsessed with the idea of true fantastical and impossible love that everyone seems happy enough to fabricate it if they have to.Earlier on Saturday, while at an AFI screening for August: Osage County, he told People magazine, 'I've known Sandy for - she doesn't want me to say - over 25 years. So watching how this year has gone for her - and she's had tough years before - has been great.''She's a very good mom,' the Batman & Robin star told Us Weekly. But Louis does prefer a little man time in there,' he noted after revealing he's played basketball with the tot.Let me have Netflix introduce this movie to y’all: “Sandra Bullock plays a transit worker who rescues a handsome commuter, then pretends to be the comatose man’s fiancée while falling for his brother”. I was 9 years old when While You Were Sleeping came out and I loved it. When I revisited the movie over twelve years later in the midst of a deep, tumultuous depression, I was horrified to discover that the film was actually menacing as hell.Suddenly, Bullock was competing with Julia Roberts, who turned down the part, for the title of America’s Sweetheart.The movie is the cinematic equivalent of hot chocolate; it's sweet, it's comforting, and it always makes you smile. Think about it: Bullock portrays Lucy, an unhappy loner who is obsessed with a man she sees at the train station where she works.
Her clothes are so bad that the gorgeous Sandra Bullock actually looks like a wallflower.
Like many failures of the rom-com genre (although I’m loathe to call While You Were Sleeping a failure, especially since I secretly – or not secretly now – love it to fucking death), it’s loosely based on a fairy tale. The studios – astute as ever – wrote that idea off as being too ‘predatory’ for an audience to enjoy, and so after a few rewrites the roles got reversed and Hollywood paid out. C’s Sandy Cohen (may Peter Gallagher never go by another name. You AND your bagels) as the ‘Beauty’ who needs saving.
Now, let’s just back this ass up a second here: the studios thought that a comatose woman – a ‘sleeping beauty’ – being pursued by a man who was illegitimately laying claim to her honour whilst not even awake was ‘too predatory’?
She uses the misunderstanding to ingratiate herself with the family. However, due to Bullock's performance and director Jon Turteltaub's decision to treat the material as a screwball farce, Lucy's behavior seems completely rational.
Lucy has one of the worst wardrobes in cinematic history.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of While You Were Sleeping, a Christmas-set romantic comedy that helped to launch its young star, Sandra Bullock, to Hollywood megastardom.