13 Reasonswhile You Were Sleepingis Still Greatest Romance Ever
It's been two decades since Sandra Bullock first rescued her personal Prince Charming from death-by-morning-commute in ' While You Were Sleeping ,' that classic 1990s romantic comedy about urban loneliness, unexpected love, and the surprising sex appeal of a comatose Peter Gallagher.
But on its 20th anniversary, a rewatch of this sweet love story shows that it hasn't aged a day... sort of like its leading lady. Here's why 'While You Were Sleeping' is just as perfect today as it was when it hit theaters in 1995.
- It'll make you believe in love.
Although it starts with a silly love-at-first-sight trope, 'While You Were Sleeping' quickly trades the fairy tale pretense for a realistic, slow-burn, companionable romance that's much more believable... and adorable.
- It'll also make you wonder if Sandra Bullock is a vampire.
There's got to be a logical explanation for why she hasn't aged in 20 years.
- It's a movie for all seasons.
'While You Were Sleeping' often gets overlooked in seasonal movie roundups because despite being set at Christmastime, it's not exactly Christmas- themed -- which means it's especially good for winter viewing, but you can watch it at any time of year, multiple times a year, without it feeling weird.
- It's like a little love letter to the city of Chicago.
If you're a sucker for movies where the setting is practically a character itself, all the Windy City landmarks and infrastructure (with a special focus on the romance of the L train) will be right up your alley.
- The Callaghans are the mom, dad, brother, sister, and pop-pop you always wanted.
The saddest thing about this movie is that this family doesn't really exist to marry into.
- Two words: Peter Gallagher.
No man has ever been more perfectly cast as a modern-day Casanova.
- And three more: Peter Gallagher's eyebrows.
See the legendary brows at the height of their glorious prime.
- It's the first and only romance to explore the crushy phenomenon known as 'leaning.'
Hugging involves arms and hands. Leaning is whole bodies moving in like this . It's about wanting, and accepting. LEANING.
- Joe Junior is priceless comic relief.
He loves ladies' shoes and black underwears, and his every moment on screen is gold.
- Bill Pullman is in perfect form as Lucy's ultimate destiny.
In the 1990s, Pullman had the market cornered on dorky dad-esque sex appeal. See it. BELIEVE IT.
- There's no villain.
There's some schmucky behavior, awkward moments, and a few misunderstandings, but everyone in 'While You Were Sleeping' is essentially a decent person just doing the best they can.
- The trailer is a vintage delight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3RSYSsgz3w
Lucy's love story sounds even more enticing when narrated by an omniscient baritone voiceover artist.
- But the story is timeless.
Even though it takes place in a world before social media or smartphones, 'While You Were Sleeping' holds up just as well today as it did in 1995 -- because falling for a guy who wants to give you the world never goes out of style.