While You Were Sleeping is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, and other recognizable faces star in this rom-com.
Many people do not consider this a Christmas movie. The controversy isn’t as well-known as the Die Hard debate, but it does exist.
“Just because it takes place between Christmas and New Year doesn’t make it a Christmas movie,” I’ve heard. That would be correct. It’s the plot that defines the genre, and this plot is fully-loaded.
Lucy, our heroine, is alone. She gets stuck working all the holidays because she has no family. Her stated goal is she wants to see the world, but her longing is for family. She has a crush on a commuter she each day while she works in a toll booth. When she witnesses him being mugged on Christmas Day, her life changes. Through a series of funny misunderstandings, Lucy ends up enmeshed in the lives of the commuter’s family while he’s in a coma, and falls in love.
The ending is a Christmas miracle, because Lucy gets everything she wants.