The romantic comedy WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a Chicago Transit Authority worker who, after rescuing a man named Peter from the path of a train, finds herself mistakenly identified as his fiancee and taken in by his over-zealous family. After losing her mother at an early age, Lucy’s father tells her: “Life doesn’t always come out the way you plan.” When an illness takes her father as well, Lucy takes a job with the Chicago Transit Authority. Now a young adult, she finds herself without family and with dim hopes for the future. That changes when she rescues a handsome commuter (Peter Gallagher) whom she has admired from afar, from the path of an oncoming train. With Peter in a coma and his family rallying around Lucy, the confusion and misunderstandings only compound, especially when she begins to enjoy the attention and plays along. However, her motives are pure: she truly wishes to hurt no one and is willing to go on with her life and forget about the Callaghan family, if only she could figure out how.
With enough misunderstandings and confusion to keep the plot from becoming stale, this entertaining movie demands very little from the viewer. With few offensive elements other than some foul language, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING celebrates the strengths of the family and succeeds as light and undemanding entertainment.
(C, LL, V, S, A, M) Christian worldview portraying close family -- attend mass together & offer prayer for healing, but behave irreverently during mass; 1 obscenity, 7 profanities & 12 vulgarities; brief mugging scene & man pulled from path of oncoming train; two references to male genitals; minimal alcohol & tobacco use (drinks offered at family gathering & New Year's Eve party, liquor bottles on shelf); and, reference to gambling.