But anyway, if you haven't seen this movie, I'll tell you what it's about (some spoilage ahead, but not of how it all turns out). Lucy (Sandra Bullock) works for Chicago's elevated train system. Her dad died a year ago, her mom died when she was really little, and she has no siblings. She lives with her cat in a small apartment. Her only friends are the person who works in the other half of her fee-collecting booth, her boss, her landlord, and her landlord's son who keeps hitting on her. She is as lonely as possible.
A handsome guy named Peter (Peter Gallagher) starts going through her ticket booth every morning. She imagines what it would be like if one day, he said 'hi' to her. She imagines what it would be like if she said 'hi' back and they fell in love and got married.
Lucy works on Christmas because she has no family to spend Christmas with anyway. Peter comes through her booth and says "Merry Christmas." Then he gets mugged, falls on the train tracks, and is rendered unconscious.
Lucy rescues Peter. She accompanies him to the hospital. She says, "I was gonna marry him!" out loud. A nurse hears that, thinks she's serious, and tells everyone Lucy is his fiancee. His family believes this. Peter is in a coma and can't straighten things out. Before Lucy can figure out how to tell them the truth, the family invites her to their Christmas gathering and basically adopts her. Suddenly she has a family, friends, people who care about her and who she cares about.
And she hasn't even met Jack (Bill Pullman) yet. Jack, who alone of all the family is skeptical of her being Peter's fiancee.
And I'm totally not telling you any more about this movie because if you haven't seen it yet, what ARE you waiting for? This is an adorable movie. I love it. My mom loves it. My dad loves it. YOU might as well love it!
(Also, my article in the last issue of Femnista was all about it.)
I realized a few months ago that of all the movie and book and TV show characters I have ever encountered, I identify with Lucy the most. If I was in her situation, family-less, basically friend-less, I would behave the way she does. I'd have a cat, I'd put up a Christmas tree just for me and the cat, I'd obligingly work on Christmas so people with families don't have to, I'd give a Christmas present to my landlord. I'd even wear my dad's old coat and sweaters just to feel connected to him.
And if I ever met up with a guy like Jack... actually, I did meet up with a guy like Jack. Solid, grounded, unselfish, kind, gentlemanly, funny, and thoughtful. I just call him Cowboy instead of Jack.
So anyway, a lot of this movie takes place around Christmas, and I put it on my list of Ten Favorite Christmas Movies, and also my Ten Favorite Romantic Comedies. In fact, this is probably one of my top twenty favorite movies ever. Now would be a great time to watch or rewatch this! I'm just sayin'.