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.
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.