While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Jon Turteltaub directs Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher in this romantic comedy about a transit worker who saves a handsome commuter, then pretends to be his fiancée while he sleeps in a coma.

Petty much standard Hollywood product for its time. Only really notable for promoting Bullock and Pullman to star and leading man status respectively. They had languished as second fiddles for most of their careers and now they were carrying a movie. Suprising, only in how their likability manages to spin the bad taste premise (coma victim family conned and exploited by stalker) out without ever even looking into the shadows of it. This stays cutesy wootsy, safe a milk throughout. In fact, it goes into overtime with the plot machinations and somehow outstays it’s welcome… there’s a far earlier moment in the narrative where everything can be tied up neatly without testing the patience.

5

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