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Changing Lanes (2002)

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The story of what happens one day in New York City, 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.

Director:

Roger Michell

Writers:

Chap Taylor (story), Chap Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Gavin Banek
Samuel L. Jackson ... Doyle Gipson
Kim Staunton ... Valerie Gipson
Toni Collette ... Michelle
Sydney Pollack ... Stephen Delano
Tina Sloan ... Mrs. Delano
Richard Jenkins ... Walter Arnell
Akil Walker Akil Walker ... Stephen Gipson
Cole Hawkins Cole Hawkins ... Danny Gipson
Ileen Getz ... Ellen
Jennifer Dundas ... Mina Dunne (as Jennifer Dundas Lowe)
Matt Malloy ... Ron Cabot
Amanda Peet ... Cynthia Delano Banek
Myra Lucretia Taylor Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Judge Frances Abarbanel
Bruce Altman ... Terry Kaufman
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The story of what happens one day in New York City, 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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Taglines:

An ambitious lawyer, a desperate father, they had no reason to meet, until today, See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuera de control See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,128,062, 14 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,818,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,935,764
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In order to attract a wider audience, the theatrical trailer was arranged in such a way as to make the film look like a high octane thriller, as opposed to the rather slow moving drama it actually was. This move was heavily criticized for misleading moviegoers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Changing Lanes' (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Waiting in Vain
(1977)
by Bob Marley
Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd. / Arista Records, Inc.
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Something different; Something good
26 April 2002 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

Now, I'm not going to slap this movie on my Top 10 list or say it deserves an Oscar nod, like many critics have exclaimed, but I will say it's something different. First of all, it's real. Not an artificial Hollywood shoot 'em up or disaster flick. This is a film about the human struggle. There's no violence or sex, and if it weren't for about 7 uses of the "f" word "Changing Lanes" could've easily earned a PG-13. So don't let the R-rating fool you.

There are three main reasons why I checked out this movie: Samuel, L, Jackson. Needless to say, he's a terrific actor and worth seeing in whatever he does. He's one of my favorites, and he delivers another powerhouse performance, taking on a role somewhat different from his recent roles: he plays an average Joe. We're introduced to his character, Doyle Gibson, who's a very nice guy simply haunted by mistakes in his past, one being alcoholism, which led to a divorce. And now he's attending AA meetings and buying a house for his two kids, hoping he will attain custody of them. Ben Affleck is good and charismatic. I didn't sympathize as much with his character, but that doesn't make him an antagonist. Neither characters are saints, nor are they sinners. That's good, because it's never completely effective to include characters who are entirely sympathetic. They're both mature adults, but they resort to juvenile acts of revenge in hopes that they can undo what happened. Sydney Pollack is great, as Affleck's egotistical father-in-law, proving his talents in front of the camera are just as fine as his talents behind the camera. I wanted to see more of the beautiful Amanda Peet, but she only has approximately 7 minutes of screen time. So I'm guessing that topless scene I heard mentioned didn't make it to the final cut. Oh, well. William Hurt, who seems to do a movie every 5 years, unfortunately has a small, thankless role as an alcohol counselor.

The script is well-written, and the film is a lot more character-driven than ones of recent years. I loved that scene in the bar where Sam Jackson sits in a lonely bar, listening in on two white guys badmouthing Tiger Woods. He lashes back with a terrific monologue, and later ends up punching them out. Some directors would've cut that scene out, overly concerned about the film's pacing, but I'm glad this time that wasn't the case. However, the ending seems a little fake. It's just too happy for its own good. But that's the only element of the movie I found forced.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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