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Changing Lanes (2002)

Ben Affleck , Samuel L. Jackson , Roger Michell  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Staunton, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Writers: Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin
  • Producers: Adam Schroeder, Ronald M. Bozman, Scott Aversano, Scott Rudin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL5F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Changing Lanes" on IMDb

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  • The Making of Changing Lanes
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Endings
  • A Writer's Perspective Featurette

Editorial Reviews

Late for court, an attorney weaves in and out of traffic. In a different lane, a father whose right to see his children rests on getting to court on time. A minor accident will turn these two strangers into beasts.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Underrated Movies in Years July 5, 2007
South African director Roger Michell directs this hit suspense thriller starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. Michell is actually very skilled and has a tremendous amount of mainstream appeal. He also directed last years Venus, which was another solid film albeit very different from Changing Lanes. Ben Affleck plays Gavin, a successful Wall Street attorney who must file a power of appointment for his company, which is run by his father-in-law played by Sydney Pollack. The document will sign a company over to his law firm and that company is owned by a dying man. Ethical questions certainly surround the document and as things unfold we find out even more. Doyle is played by Samuel L. Jackson, he is an insurance salesman and a recovering alcoholic who wants badly to restore his family before his wife takes his children away to the west coast. We get the feeling that Doyle is a wounded man and his actions are unacceptable at times. Actually both characters are deeply flawed and that is what makes their collision so engaging.

On his way to court to file this crucial document, Gavin gets into a car accident with Doyle. He doesn't prioritize the accident and instead must leave the scene to make it to court on time. Doyle's car will not drive and he is in the middle of a highway median when Gavin takes off in a rush. It of course begins to rain. Doyle himself was on his way to court and when he eventually gets there he finds out that he is too late. His goal was to surprise his wife with a mortgage loan he just received so his family would stay. He was attempting to get some resolution to whatever chaos he may have caused his family before this movie begins. Unfortunately for Gavin the power of appointment was left at the scene of the accident and is in Doyle's possession.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb thriller and character study. September 10, 2002
By Eric
Changing Lanes happens to feature two movie stars in the lead roles and is funded by Paramount Pictures, one of the top film production studios. So is it with anything less than pure surprise that this doesn't turn out to be an action or buddy picture? Not only does this film happen to be a character-driven thriller, it's also an intriguing look at societal pressures on the human individual, delivering in a manner that is intense, edgy, and perhaps even quite frightening.
Ben Affleck stars as Gavin Banek and Samuel L. Jackson is Doyle Gipson. Banek is a high-priced lawyer who is ready to finalize a big deal with will turn over a recently deceased millionaire's entire fortune to his firm. Gipson is a recovering alcoholic who's doing everything he can (mainly by purchasing a house in Queens for them to settle in) to save his marriage and keep his wife from taking the children and moving to another state. Both Banek and Gipson are on their way to court when their cars crash into each other.
Gipson wants to get everything done legally, "the right way," but Banek is in too much of a hurry, so he simply leaves a blank check and takes off to court, leaving the other man stranded. However, Banek leaves the most important file at the scene of the accident (which Gipson is now in possession of), and Gipson misses his own court hearing, losing any chance for custody of his kids to his wife. Banek's determination to get the file back and Gipson's anger and frustration turns this cross of paths into a game of cat-and-mouse and revenge which makes for probably the most lopsided day of their lives.
Changing Lanes is a film that surprised me almost every minute of the way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Better luck next time." November 28, 2002
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Nice-guys-finish-last fable concerning a Yuppie Wall Street lawyer (Ben Affleck) and a reformed alcoholic (Samuel L. Jackson) whose paths violently intersect on the FDR Expressway. The despicable young lawyer is on his way to probate court to cheat some money out of a philanthropist's heir (see the heavy theme coming?); the alcoholic is on his way to divorce court to battle his ex-wife over custody of their two boys. Their collision will adversely affect the outcomes of their respective court-dates: Jackson will be late to his hearing and subsequently lose custody of his kids; Affleck, after pompously leaving Jackson a blank check for auto repair and a more-important-than-thou "Better luck next time", gets to HIS appointment on time . . . but he also left behind some paperwork that would assist him in his unethical dealings at the probate hearing. Through the rest of the movie's duration, we witness one-upsmanships of escalating nastiness: ticked at Affleck, Jackson refuses to return the probate documents; Affleck responds by screwing with Jackson's credit rating, etc. etc. . . . It all has something to do with the fragility -- and importance -- of common decency in society. However, the casting of Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson unavoidably shrinks this theme down to traditional race issues. Which is fine, mind you; but I think the writers were trying to go for something with universal applications. In any case, the movie errs by cramming too many hostilities between the warring parties within one measly 12-hour-period. There's no reason why this battle could not have lasted for a good week or so. Indeed, a leisurely time-frame might have generated more suspense, as in, "What in the world is that guy going to do to me tomorrow? And how can I get him back? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
Amazing movie, great acting and plot!
Published 18 days ago by LuxuryLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting performances by both Affleck and Jackson.
The description of this movie provided under the 'Editorial Review' is not accurate as to the intent of the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oldie But Goodie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie I highly recomend
Published 1 month ago by leonardo velazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad bit oh so true!
A thought provoking drama. It is a presentation of how the lust for wealth and power drives people to take actions that are clearly unethical. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rev. John A. Hubbard
4.0 out of 5 stars He said this was one of the best movies of the year
I pick movies based on the list of four star (out of four) movies as reviewed by Roger Ebert (RIP). I rarely disagree with his reviews. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. S. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Published 4 months ago by VERONICA A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Changing Lanes DVD
Good movie with twists and turns toward the end make it a very good movie.. Good acting, nice pace throughout the movie.
Published 6 months ago by consumer buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Changing Lanes on Blu Ray
All my many reviews focus solely upon the actual quality of the film from Standard Def DVD quality to the higher standard set for Blu Ray. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars good story about morality...
good roles play by ben Affleck and Samuel Jackson, among others. Jackson, trying to get his life back in track and his family together as he's a recovery alcoholic, trying to hang... Read more
Published 13 months ago by OBEONECANOBI
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