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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Sydney Pollack, Toni Collette
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 2 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AGHF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hot-shot, New York attorney, Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck) and recovering alcoholic Doyle Gibson (Samuel L. Jackson) find their lives become intertwined on the evening of Good Friday when their cars collide. Late for a meeting, Banek gives Doyle a blank cheque to cover the damage, whilst Doyle's car is a write-off and he is late for a custody-hearing. But not only have their cars collided, they also end up accidentally walking away with important files of each others; in fact Doyle loses his house and family because of it. Thus begins a cat and mouse game to retrieve the files and it seems neither man is ready to play clean.

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Changing Lanes finds director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) going American but not Hollywood, working from a script written by Michael Tolkin (The Player) and newcomer Chip Taylor. The result is something like Falling Down squared.

It all starts with a car collision in New York. An alcoholic insurance salesman Doyle Gipson (Samuel L Jackson), hurrying for a vital hearing at which he might lose access to his kids, is entangled with yuppie lawyer Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck), himself speeding to a court hearing at which he must present an important document to secure his firm's custodianship of a 100 million dollar foundation. Doyle wants to handle things by the book and spurns Gavin's offer of a blank cheque, which prompts the lawyer to drive off, leaving Doyle in the rain and doomed not to make the court in time, though he leaves behind the crucial document.

Over the course of the day, things escalate as Gavin tries to get the file back and an embittered Doyle refuses. In a game of deadly tit-for-tat, Gavin hires a hacker to wipe out Doyle's financial records, while Doyle resorts to sabotaging Gavin's car.

The script is carefully balanced: assuming our natural sympathy for the put-upon Jackson as opposed to the smooth Affleck, we are carefully shown that the picture is not that simple--Jackson wouldn't be in a custody hearing if this was the first time his life ran out of control, while the whole crisis forces Affleck (whose unethical bosses want him to forge the document) to reassess his fast-track life. It's fable-like rather than credible, but the suspense ratchets ever higher and there are some fine speeches well delivered by the stars. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
Any thoughts that "Changing Lanes" would be a predictable film should have gone out the window as soon as you saw Samuel L. Jackson was involved. The story is about two men who do not have time for a freeway fender bender. Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck) is a lawyer who has some important papers to file to prove an ailing millionaire signed over control of his foundation to Banek's law firm. Doyle Gipson (Jackson), also has to get to court so he can show he got approved for a loan to buy a house so that his wife will not move with his two sons to Oregon. The accident itself is really nobody's fault, but everything that happens after words in this escalating war of words and deeds can be laid at the feet of Gavin and Doyle, who dive off into the deep end.
The movie ads proclaimed "One wrong turn deserves another," and it helps set the audience up for the carnage these two reap on each other's lives as their frustrations give way to anger. They have good reason to be frustrated: Doyle gets to court too late and his last chance to keep his family together is gone; Gavin arrives at court only to discover he has left the most important document behind. It turns out that this document is so important that not having it can put him and the bosses at his firm, including his father-in-law, in prison. These are two men whose lives have come to major crossroads. This is news to Gavin, but the impact is not less than it is on Doyle.
The trailer for "Changing Lanes" emphasizes the horrible things these two men manage to do to each other during the course of what is clearly the worst days of their lives. Gavin uses a computer wizard to destroy Doyle's credit rating. Doyle loosen the bolts on the wheel of Gavin's car.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Carnegie HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 28 May 2003
Format: DVD
Changing Lanes, directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), is an urban morality tale that centres around a road rage conflict that escalates out of control following a fender bender between an obnoxious yuppie lawyer (Ben Affleck) and a recovering alcoholic (Samuel L Jackson) desperately trying to rebuild his family life. From what should have been an easily resolved accident their row escalates into an obsessive conflict in which the ante is continually upped as they set about bringing misery and revenge to each others lives.
Despite the mixed reviews I found this to be a very intelligent and well-acted movie. Unlike most mainstream Hollywood movies it has both a point and some meaning. It offers a very insightful snapshot of the dog eat dog world that we currently co-exist in, where people are in constant competition with each other and (selfishly) no longer show any thought, courtesy, compassion or consideration for each other. In many ways Changing Lanes is an Indie movie in Hollywood clothing. However, it boasts two strong male leads in Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, who both portray their opposing characters with depth, range and subtlety. In particular, it is refreshing to see Ben Affleck in something more substantial. The poor guy has taken such a fearful battering from critics since the ill-conceived Pearl Harbour but despite this he has made something of a comeback this year with both Changing Lanes and The Sum of All Fears. Like it or not, Ben Affleck IS a big star with a bright future. Samuel L Jackson, once again shows what a very versatile actor he is. He can be cool, he can be powerful, he can dominate the screen or as he does in this movie he can show a range of depth and subtlety beyond the vast majority of other actors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julian J Burns on 26 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
Notting Hill is held only in my appreciation because it is not ambitious: it is a simple love story, 2 hours of fantastic escapism. Changing lanes on the other hand is a stark contrast: although not as ambitious as to make it pretentious, it is an extremely thought provoking film, aided greatly by the stunning performances of both Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson.
This though provocation should not shy away those who want to see a film purely for entertainment; it is optional (come to think if it, isn't it always?).
To keep it simple here are the major strengths of this film: the standard of acting, the fact that Samuel L Jackson has strayed from his type casted role of a "fly" guy, the fact that Ben Affleck fits comfortably in a role with more than emotion or action and most importantly because the film allows the viewer to form his/her own opinon. Too many films nowadays are engineered to make the viewer feel in a particular way. Every viewer of this film will feel differently about it, but if you appreciate excellent cinema, you will appreciate this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. SIRL on 20 May 2004
Format: DVD
A kind of 'Good Samaritan in reverse', this is a modern-day parable about the perils of selfishness. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced tale of how the smallest of incidents can spark a chain of events that can really ruin your day. A little like The Accidental Hero, you find yourself sympathising with both the good guy and bad guy, with the challenge being in deciding whose side you are on. Ben Affleck, who for all his trying is never going to be an Olivier, really finds his niche here as the self-centred big city lawyer, while Samuel L Jackson as always manages to come across as both scary and likeable at the same time. While you always suspect that there is to be a happy ending, you do need to suspend belief a little as it's difficult to imagine how either party end up escaping serious injury or prison. But after all it is only a movie, and great fun at that. Settle down with the beer and pizza, and enjoy!
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