Changing Lanes (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 April 2002 (USA)
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The story of what happens one day in New York when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Staunton ...
Walter Arnell
Akil Walker ...
Cole Hawkins ...
Mina Dunne (as Jennifer Dundas Lowe)
Myra Lucretia Taylor ...


An attorney in a rush to make a court appointment to file legal papers involving a multi-million dollar trust accidentally collides with an alcoholic insurance salesman, who also is a rush for a court appointment involving the custody of his children. The attorney leaves the scene of the accident and strands the salesman, causing him to miss his custody hearing. During the process of the post-crash discussion, the attorney accidentally drops the papers he needs to present in court. The judge gives him until the end of the day to present the papers and thus begins a cat and mouse game between the proponents. A few questionable actions later on both parties' part, they finally start questioning their actions and their lives. In the end, both come to new understanding of what is important and appear to be set in new ethical and moral directions. Contains mild violence and profanity. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuera de control  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,128,062 (USA) (12 April 2002)


$1,538,066 (Australia) (13 December 2002)

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Did You Know?


The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Ben Affleck, William Hurt and Sydney Pollack; and three Oscar nominees: Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins. See more »


During the late afternoon or early evening in the office, we hear a radio news summary that describes the "stock market" performance that day and mentions "Wall Street", "NASDAQ" and "the Dow". However, the movie is set on Good Friday when stock exchanges in the US (and many other countries) are closed. See more »


[first lines]
Doyle Gipson: Think I'll make this the boys' room.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the staff and Militia Force members and veterans at the Marcy Avenue Armory, Brooklyn, New York. See more »


Featured in Changing Lanes: The Writer's Perspective (2002) See more »


Waiting in Vain
by Bob Marley
Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd. / Arista Records, Inc.
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Surprisingly Good
14 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was surprisingly good, for many reasons. The most obvious is probably that the characters develop before, during, and after the presented story, as the film opens at a critical time for both of them and closes with them having changed major parts in their lives.

I expected this to be a glorified version of Madd's Spy vs. Spy, or something of that nature, given the hype. However, it is not at the same pace at all... the violence is not cartoonish, its realistic. The characters are not simple, they are complex. They "have issues" and are both trying to find a better sense of balance in their lives, both do things which they regret... all in all, this is one of the most "human" movies I've ever watched.

Even though the characters are deep, the movie does not try to emphasis it with drawn out scenes with dramatic music or anything, which actually makes it more like watching real people than watching a movie. It also makes for a more powerful effect overall because it is up to the watcher to notice the subtleties.

The acting and directing are very well done, and there is some writing which surprised me in that it showed more about the characters rather than relating directly to the main conflict (I don't want to give too much detail and spoil it). The pacing is good and kept me interested throughout, partially to see what the main characters would do next and partially to see what, if anything, they would learn from the experience.

It is not as "epic" as something like Shawshank Redeption, and doesn't deal with esoteric themes such as Meet Joe Black or ominous themes such as Equilibirum or 1984(the novel), but in a way it is more epic because it deals with normal people who struggle to be beneficial humans despite major mistakes, pressures, and conflicts.

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