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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Mina Dunne (as Jennifer Dundas Lowe)
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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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An ambitious lawyer, a desperate father, they had no reason to meet, until today, See more »


Drama | Thriller

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roger Michell actually attended Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings in order to get the idea of how Doyle Gipson's (Samuel L. Jackson) A.A. meetings would play out on screen. See more »


On Good Friday in New York City, banks close at 3PM. One of the characters says he has to be at the bank by 5PM. 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 »


Referenced in New Frontiers: Making 'The Missing' (2004) See more »


Text for "Veneration of the Cross"
Courtesy of International Commission on English in the Liturgy
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I'm definitely Changing Lane!
6 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie was surprisingly good, but fans of car chase sequences and the like will be extremely disappointed. The acting and directing is expertly carried out, with special praise to Ben Affleck as Gavin Banek. Changing Lanes actually explores more depth into the main characters, and how their lives will change, either for better or worse, rather than just dealing with pure and simple 'road rage'.

Samuel L. Jackson was well appointed as Doyle Gipson, and portrays his part well. One character's next move to destroy the other makes compelling viewing, and we can actually feel some sympathy for them, as we see both their emotional and compassionate side.

The story flows well as we are drawn into Banek and Gipson's desire to cause pain and hurt, not giving any thought to others who maybe affected by what they are doing. Changing Lanes is not a violent film as such, it simply explores the aspects of revenge in what could be a true-to-life measure. This is what makes it an entertaining and gripping movie that proved a winner for myself, and should do for many other film fans.

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