This is a grown-up version of the perfect schoolyard romance. The girl likes the guy that is totally out of her realistic reach. The guy doesn’t even know she exists. The girl accidentally shares her crush with the wrong person, and the rest of the dominoes fall from that one push. Suddenly, Lucy has become a fiancee instead of just the life-saver of her dream beau who now lies in a coma from a Christmas Day mugging.

But this crush has a few twists. One is in the form of a protective brother. Lucy (who’s sort of stuck in a situation she wanted more in her dreams than in reality) now has to fight for her relationship against the accusations of the “hair-pulling” brother. She doesn’t know that he is only pulling braids because he’s the one who really likes her. But even when she figures it out, she keeps up the charade of being in love with the first brother because she doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

In the meantime, the other twists include the coma guy waking up with amnesia, the deepening connection between Lucy and the rest of the family, and a few misconceptions that include Lucy being the love interest of her apartment manager’s son, Joe Jr., and the possibility that Lucy is pregnant. Lucy can’t keep it all inside, so she confides the truth of what’s really going on to only one person, her boss who thinks she is going insane. Well, unless you consider her confession to a guy in a coma.

Oh yes, and then there’s Sal, the family friend. He knows the truth. He even promises over and over again to help Lucy make the truth known to this new family she loves as if they’ve always been her own, but he keeps finding ways to wiggle his way out of telling. Sal offers great comic relief, especially in his giving of advice to now-out-of-coma guy who he persuades to propose “again” to Lucy because he wants to keep her in the family.

Now Lucy is left with a decision to make. Should she marry the great guy she always had a crush on and let the family go on believing she was always the fiancee they never met? Or, should she tell everyone the truth and risk heartbreak all around? And, if she marries the first crush, what will happen to the possibilities with the new crush? Oh, and how will she explain things when the real fiancee comes back from her world travels ready to finally accept the original proposal?

It’s a romance, a comedy, and a mix of stories about things that could happen to real people with real imperfect relationships. It is also my absolute, number one, favorite movie. The cast is unforgettable, and I think this is Sandra Bullock’s best role. I highly recommend this movie to everyone I find out has never seen it, and I will gladly watch it again with them.

Is this your favorite Sandra Bullock movie role like it is mine?

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I haven’t seen many of Sandra Bullock’s latest movies, like Gravity. And there might even be some older ones I haven’t seen. Tell me about one of her movies I should see, or tell me about movies that fit my desire for unexpected romance to blossom in the end.

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  • WriterJanis Jun 25, 2014 @ 4:15 am
    This seems like such a cute movie.
  • crystalwriter Jun 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
    WriterJanis, if you haven't seen this, I heartily recommend it soon. I'm going to try to find some clips today to update this lens, so I'll look for some that will whet your whistle. :-)
  • Sylvestermouse Feb 28, 2014 @ 12:54 pm
    I wanted to let you know that his most excellent review has been featured today on Review This! Thanks again for writing it and for submitting it to the Forever Hopeless Romantic niche.

    Just in case your guestbook is set to remove html links, here it is for you to see:
  • crystalwriter Feb 28, 2014 @ 11:10 pm
    Thank you so much, and that's a great blog post too. Now I'm thinking that when I update this lens, I definitely need to post a video clip of the "leaning" scene if I can find it. And it took a minute, but when I figured out the "pencils" statement, I got a good laugh. :-)
  • River_Rose Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:39 am
    I haven't seen this movie. I like the one where she is suppose to be a bridesmaid but is really an undercover guard guarding the bride who has had death threats.... that one was so cute and I really liked the relationship between Sandra and one of the other guards.... he was so dang cute!

    If you like to read romances, I have written Christian, Fiction, Western romance books. You can visit my website at thanks for this review....I love unexpected love also. =)
  • crystalwriter Feb 23, 2014 @ 1:40 am
    Hmm, I'm not sure which movie that is, but I'll do some searching.

    By the way, I checked your site, and Amazon, and your story ideas are interesting. I would suggest for you to consider an author service for more book reach. For example, a friend of mine self-publishes using Create Space, but she does it all through another friend who started a publishing company called Home Crafted Artistry and Printing. Mary, the publisher, charges a small fee, but gets her ISBN numbers, barcodes, and editing, all of which give her better sales. I want to review some of her books on here one day soon.
  • Sylvestermouse Feb 20, 2014 @ 3:24 pm
    This is a wonderfully written review about a totally awesome movie! Actually, While You Were Sleeping is one of my personal favorites! Thank you for writing the review. I am sharing it today on
  • crystalwriter Feb 21, 2014 @ 2:34 am
    Thank you so much, Sylvester. I thought I clicked like on that already, but I'll go double-check. (Your link is missing though, for some reason, so I'll type it here: And I;m glad you liked it.
  • LSJ-88 Feb 18, 2014 @ 11:10 pm
    I adore this film. I'm also a big fan of Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. I have the biggest girl crush on Sandra (or as my dad calls her Sandy Baby). I really enjoyed her in The Net, Practical Magic, Miss Congeniality. She's so sweet and down to earth. Very nice review. I think I'm going to go dig out my DVD and watch it.
  • crystalwriter Feb 21, 2014 @ 2:22 am
    I haven't seen Practical Magic. I guess I need to look that one up on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I hope you enjoy your reviewing of the DVD, and thank you for the compliment. And I can understand the girl crush since she's one of the few actresses I've actually thought I'd like to meet one day.
  • Brite-Ideas Feb 18, 2014 @ 9:09 am
    I enjoyed your review as well!, just love this movie, it really does qualify as one of the best feel-good movies :) - I always liked Miss Congeniality :)
  • crystalwriter Feb 18, 2014 @ 6:12 pm
    Thank you, and yes, Miss Congeniality is up there in my favorites as well. And, even though it's kind of old, I liked Love Potion #9. For suspense, I loved "The Net" and can't imagine anyone else acting in it.
  • homebuddy Feb 17, 2014 @ 9:16 pm
    I LOVE "While you were Sleeping". I've watched it over and over again and I still find myself smiling giddily as the scenes play out, and the chemistry between Lucy and Jack unfolds!

    It also taught me about the rule of "leaning" hahaha
  • crystalwriter Feb 18, 2014 @ 12:12 am
    I smiled when I read your comment about "leaning." I almost said something in the review about that, but I couldn't find just the right place to fit it in. Or to fit in so many of the other parts about Joey that really add some great comedy. This is only one of so many reasons why the movie is my all time favorite of favorites. Thanks for the visit and comment.
  • georgepmoola Feb 17, 2014 @ 10:34 am
    Not really my type of film, but your excellent review kept me reading on. Good lens.
  • crystalwriter Feb 17, 2014 @ 3:18 pm
    Thank you. And I guess I should add that my husband really likes it, but then he likes everything even remotely associated with Christmas.
  • RinchenChodron Feb 17, 2014 @ 10:13 am
    Saw it and did enjoy it. A good pick for Valentines week.
  • crystalwriter Feb 17, 2014 @ 3:17 pm
    Thank you. It's also great for Christmas if you ever want to watch it again.
  • Umanitea-T-4Life Feb 17, 2014 @ 7:19 am
    I am not a romantic. But I am going to watch this movie on President's day...while I clean up my bedroom. yuck! But perhaps the movie will make it fun! Thanks for sharing. I will hit you back to let you know what I think...
  • crystalwriter Feb 17, 2014 @ 3:17 pm
    Please do come back and tell me what you think even if you don't like it. But I do hope it makes cleaning time (one of my least-favorite activities) a bit more fun for you. At the very least, you should recognize the music from the "E-Harmony" commercials. ;-)
  • cleansweeping Feb 16, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
    Betty White is great!
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 10:03 pm
    Yes, I agree. I especially liked her in that Hallmark movie, The Lost Valentine, where she plays a faithful wife who waits to the end for her soldier husband.
  • mamoro42 Feb 16, 2014 @ 7:03 pm
    Sandra has such a vibrant, energetic, outgoing, girl next door personality. She is refreshing to see on the big screen. I enjoy watching movies that deal with the complexity of human relationships. And the "love at first sight" doesn't always work out. Thank you for sharing this movie and will glady schedule it on my movies to see list.
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 9:57 pm
    Wow, what a great description of Sandra! She is one of the few that seems like the type I could meet in real life and sit down with for a sincere conversation. I do hope you'll add this movie to your watch list. It's got a lot of Christmas in it if you like that theme for the end of the year.
  • RubyHRose Feb 16, 2014 @ 6:13 pm
    Congrats on Review of the Day. We saw Gravity, I thought it was really good. Sandra is one of my favorites! Want to see Heat again too, missed a lot of it.
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 9:54 pm
    Thank you. I'm definitely looking forward to Gravity.
  • ThanksDevine Feb 16, 2014 @ 3:39 pm
    I agree Sandra a great actor. She's naturally funny too I loved her roll in Heat. But as far as romances check out this one on The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner.
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:13 pm
    I'm not sure if I've seen The Bodyguard. I'll go read the review of it, so I'll know for sure, and if I haven't seen it, I'll add it to my Netflix queue. I heard she was more raunchy in Heat, so I had not sought that one out. Maybe I can find a review of that one too.
  • ThanksDevine Feb 16, 2014 @ 3:39 pm
    I agree Sandra a great actor. She's naturally funny too I loved her roll in Heat. But as far as romances check out this one on The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner.
  • Steve_Kaye Feb 16, 2014 @ 12:23 pm
    I saw Miss Congeniality and Blindside. I thought both were excellent movies. Thank you for this excellent review.
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:14 pm
    Thank you, Steve. I liked those too as well. I've only seen a couple of hers i didn't like as much, but it had nothing to do with her acting.
  • grammieo Feb 16, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
    Thanks for this great review. I like Sandra Bullock movies at all times and found the poll hard to answer, but I did! Good goings, romantic weekend ahead!
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
    And thank you for stopping by. I have a hard time with polls myself. It's always hard for me to find just the right answer.
  • partybuzz Feb 16, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
    Sandra Bullock is good in any movie! One of my favorites is The Proposal. Also, Blindside. I want to see Gravity, too. Great lens. Congratulations on Review of the Day!
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:18 pm
    Thank you. I was totally surprised when I saw I had a bunch of comments, and then I saw that on the activity. I feel excited and blessed by it. :-) I've got Gravity in my wait list on Netflix. I think it's due out in March.
  • glowchick Feb 16, 2014 @ 10:19 am
    This is a very well written review. I really like this movie as well as The Lake House.
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:19 pm
    Thank you. I'd forgotten about The Lake House, but yes, that was a great movie too.
  • Ruthi Feb 16, 2014 @ 9:34 am
    I enjoyed this movie, but I think best of all I enjoyed Sandra Bullock in The Proposal.
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:21 pm
    Yes, The Proposal is in my top ten of her movies. It was hard for me to see her as the terrible boss they started her out with, but Betty White sure helped break her into her more natural self, didn't she? Lots of good stuff about that movie.
  • anansescribe Feb 16, 2014 @ 9:25 am
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:21 pm
    Thank you, and I hope you get a chance to watch it soon.
  • Merrci Feb 16, 2014 @ 9:11 am
    Great lens! It was a fun movie, one you can watch more than once and enjoy every time. Congrats on Review of the Day!
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:23 pm
    Thank you! And, yes, I have watched it many times and continue to enjoy it. It's hard to love movies and love to write both--time wise, and it's even harder when a movie is good enough to take up your time more than once. :-)
  • Charito1962 Feb 16, 2014 @ 9:05 am
    I loved this movie!
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:24 pm
    Me too. I'm glad it was on the list for the romance movie reviews. I couldn't pass that one by without sharing how much I enjoyed it.
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Feb 16, 2014 @ 8:49 am
    I just love Sandra Bullock (America's sweetheart). I still need to see "Gravity." I remember seeing this movie many moons ago. Perhaps it is time to watch it again. Congrats on your Review of the Day!
  • crystalwriter Feb 16, 2014 @ 5:25 pm
    Thank you, and yes, it's definitely time to watch it again if it has been many moons. :-)
  • Susan52 Feb 14, 2014 @ 1:47 pm
    I really do enjoy this movie. It was hard to answer the poll simply because I like Sandra Bullock in almost anything. Great review! Good teasers for those who've never seen it.
  • crystalwriter Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:39 pm
    I'm glad you like it too, Susan. And thanks for the visit. I added one more choice to the poll that might fit a choice for you better. I don't know if you can change a vote, so I didn't vote myself yet in case you want me to choose the new selection since my selection would be the one you chose. :-)

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