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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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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Toni Collette and Samuel L. Jackson both appeared in an M. Night Shyamalan film, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable respectively. See more »


On Good Friday in New York City all public schools are closed. None of the plot dealing with the two school children is possible on this date. See more »


[first lines]
Doyle Gipson: Think I'll make this the boys' room.
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Thanks to the staff and Militia Force members and veterans at the Marcy Avenue Armory, Brooklyn, New York. See more »


References The Whole Nine Yards (2000) See more »


Text for "Veneration of the Cross"
Courtesy of International Commission on English in the Liturgy
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27 November 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I did something this time I've rarely done before: see what the 'professional' critics said before I formulated my own words. And it might be the last time I ever do this. For whatever 'critics' give us in terms of a preview of a movie we haven't seen yet, they're basically a bunch of full of it snobs with a POV none of us have and none of us want.

Why go off on such a tirade about these riffraff? Because they chew up the ending - the ending to this flick which is the one good thing about it. Critics, you'll realise sooner or later, are heartless nerds. They have no souls. They don't go to the movies for the same reasons we do; to them it's a job; to us it's a life; we have a life; they do not.

So don't believe them on this one. The ending is good - very good. When we saw it we yelped for joy. It came so unexpected and it was so brilliantly orchestrated, you wanted to join in a standing ovation.

And the ending is what makes the movie. This is no action thriller, no Michael Douglas 'watch me unravel at the seams and have some fun with the destruction and chaos'. This is a movie with a purpose, with hope - and you might not see it at first, but that's not your fault: the movie makers are toying with you. For your own benefit.

A definite keeper. A sure winner. Music by Bob Marley.

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