While You Were Sleeping Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Jack Warden

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While You Were Sleeping is a tale of romance and love and what can come from an innocent white lie. Lucy is a lonely transportation worker in Chicago who lives in an apartment with her cat. She is in love with a man who does not know she exists but she sees him on the train every morning. One Christmas when she is forced to work she sees him being pushed off the train platform by robbers and runs to his rescue. Peter is sent into the hospital and is in a coma. His family comes to visit and Lucy is there. The nurse tells them that she is Peter's fiancee. The family falls in love with Lucy, especially Peter's brother Jack. When Peter finally wakes up there is confusion and a mix of feelings from every character.
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Best part of story, including ending: This is a great story because it is simple and sweet. The characters are lovable and easy to relate to.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when Lucy goes to the Callahan's house for a Christmas celebration. She loves being a part of their family and hearing them talk and carry on makes her feel loved and right at home.

The review of this Movie prepared by Adelyn Tomlinson a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

'While You Were Sleeping' is the story of Lucy Moderatz, a lonely young woman who lives alone in a Chicago apartment with her cat, and spends her days (including holidays) working the token booth at a subway station. Her little world is turned upside down when she saves the life of one of her regular customers, Peter, (whom she has been admiring from afar) after he has been mugged and pushed onto the train tracks. The hospital staff and his eccentric family mistake her for his fiancee, which begins a humorous chain of events, during which Lucy finds unconditional friendship and a sense of belonging to a family--something she has been aching for, and which causes her to hesitate from telling them the truth of her identity. She also forges a friendship with Peter's brother, Jack. Jack and Lucy open each other's eyes to their need to let go of their fears and pursue their dreams...and (needless to say), they fall in love, which really adds a twist to the situation. Finally Lucy is able to overcome her fear, speak the truth, and pursue her dreams.
The review of this Movie prepared by Nikki

Lucy Moderatz (Sandra Bullock), a Loving and shy token seller, spends her life living alone with neither family nor a boyfriend to keep her company. The only thing Lucy looks foward to doing, is selling the handsome and charming Peter Callaghan a token. One day Peter gets pushed onto the train tacks, after witnessing the mugging, Lucy courageously jumps onto the tracks, and leads them both to safety. A confused nurse informs Peter's family that Lucy is Peter's fiancee. The Callaghans immediately welcome Lucy into their family. Lucy was finally experiencing family life, so she didn't inform the Callaghans that she really was not Peter's fiancee. Lucy begins to fall in love with Peter's kind and handsome brother Jack (Bill Pullman.) Lucy finds herself in a huge dilema, what will happen when Peter comes out of his coma?
The review of this Movie prepared by Sam

Lucy Elenor Moneratz is a sweet subway employee who is in love with a man she sees once a day when he gives her a $1.50 subway token on his way to work. She feels lonely because she has no family and lives by herself. On Christmas, the man she is in love with is pushed from the the train platform and she sees it. She jumpes onto the track, saving his life, which starts a whole mess at the hospital where his funny family is led to believe that Lucy is Peter's fiancee. While Peter is in a coma, Lucy does not want to tell his family the truth because she was not alone for the first time in a long time. She becomes one of the family, and also falling in love with Peter's brother Jack (Bill Pullman). Not being able to tell Jack the truth, she is caught in trying to make a decision between Peter and Jack. This is a hilarous and sweet story of love triangles and true love.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jessica Kelley

Lucy is obsessed with a man that she only knows through the token booth at the train station. When he gets mugged she saves his lives and his confused family thinks she's his fiancee, while she is falling for his brother.
The review of this Movie prepared by kaity loder

Lucy has fallen in love with the handsome man she sees pass through her transit toll booth every day. She knows nothing about him except that he is gorgeous and has a great smile. One day, thugs knock him onto the train tracks and he loses consciousness. Lucy jumps on the tracks and saves him in the nick of time. Later, at the hospital, during the ensuing confusion, the victim's family is told Lucy is his fiance. Through a comedy of errors, the story is confirmed and the family falls in love with her--and she with them. Problem is, the handsome victim lays in a coma, while Lucy falls in love for real with his brother! Now, how does she tell them all, without breaking everyone's heart... especially her own?
The review of this Movie prepared by Cherie Davidson

Script Analysis of While You Were Sleeping

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 How much humor v. drama    -   Lot of humor, but significant serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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