Changing Lanes

6.51 h 38 min2002X-RayR
HD. A minor car accident between a yuppie attorney and a recovering alcoholic triggers an all-out war.
Roger Michell
Ben AffleckSamuel L. JacksonToni Collette
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Sydney PollackWilliam HurtAmanda Peet
Scott AversanoRon BozmanScott RudinAdam Schroeder
Paramount Pictures Corp.
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ViperiousReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie with an honest and impactful message.
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Fantastic movie with exceptionally well acted and well written roles.
I love me some metaphors.

I show this movie to my Anger Management Class, and I think they really enjoy not having to hear me talk for the two classes it eats!

Good message at the end of the day for people with anger issues. It shows that its not just about you and your anger, its the situations you let yourself get yourself into with other people.

One if my all-time favorite movies.
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x_bruceReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good film until the ending
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First, I think Changing Lanes is a very good film that had the potential to be great. Samuel Jackson and Ben Affleck give excellent performances, expected from Jackson and one of Affleck's better outings.
Changing Lanes is not the hyper charged action revenge flick the trailer made it out to be. Instead it is a thoughtful look at two flawed characters that devolve through most of the film until they meet their base personality and the responsibility of their actions.
There is action and the plot moves quickly. Watching events unfold and splinter into lower forms of behavior is convincingly conveyed right until the last scene which is a Hollywood ending.
Without giving away details it makes the decision that you as a viewer aren't smart enough to "get" the film and helps you along with the extra Hollywood oriented coda type ending.
Worth seeing for 95% of the film. Even with the cop-out ending there are many excellent themes developed and questions Changing Lanes asks.
TamReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
This was a very good movie. It starts out slow but warms up ...
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I have not watched this movie in a long time but I have watched it again recently. This was a very good movie. It starts out slow but warms up and you get into. I think both Samuel Jackson and Ben Affleck are good actors. The parts they played are them and they brought life into the movie. This movie will not disappoint you. Although the plot in the movie was a simple plot it still was a good movie that made you want to know what was going to happen next.
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Candiria drummerReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Disk arrived quick and like new condition , no scratches or marks. thank you!
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SomashekarReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is sometimes a bit uncomfortable to watch, but it's VERY good and worth the time. Really great messages. I so appreciate this movie! And the actors are each superb in it.
G. S. KennedyReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
He said this was one of the best movies of the year
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I pick movies based on the list of four star (out of four) movies as reviewed by Roger Ebert (RIP). I rarely disagree with his reviews. He said this was one of the best movies of the year, and while I might not go that far, its pretty good. An intense, believable drama with some good acting. I prefer a mix of drama, comedy, etc., like, say, "Shakespeare in Love" (another four star Ebert review), and this is pretty much straight drama. So if that's what you're looking for, you'll probably like it.
cookieman108Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars
"You're addicted to chaos."
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`One Wrong Turn Deserves Another", that's the tagline for the film Changing Lanes (2002), starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Roger Michell, someone I've never heard of before here, but I found out he also directed the Julia Roberts film Notting Hill (1999), which I have yet to see, mostly because Julia Roberts kinda scares me with those big horse teeth of hers.
As the film begins, we sort of meet two individuals, a fancy schmanzy lawyer named Gavin Banek (Affleck) and a telephone insurance salesman Doyle Gipson (Jackson). The two men, while both on their way to court, Banek involved in a case worth a lot of money to the law firm he's a partner in, and Gipson involved in a custody hearing with his divorced wife, get into a car accident with each other. Gipson wants to handle the situation in the correct manner, but Banek, who caused the accident, has little time to deal with the formalities, tries to deal with the matter expeditiously, pawning off a blank check on Gipson, leaving not only the scene of the accident, but leaving Gipson stranded as his car is totaled. In his haste, Banek accidentally leaves an important document with Gipson, one that could potentially cost his firm over 100 million dollars and even prison time for Banek. As a result of the accident and being stranded by Banek, Gipson misses his appearance, and the court rules against him, allowing for his ex-wife to move away with their two sons. Banek, in the meantime, is allowed until the end of the day to produce the lost document, and later discovers Gipson still has possession of it, but is disgruntled over the treatment he received from Banek and losing his custody hearing, setting up a cycle of revenge between the two men, each sort of `one upping' each other to increasingly dangerous and life-altering levels.
First of all, I just had a hard time buying Affleck as a partner in a big law firm, despite the fact that his father-in-law, played wonderfully by Sidney Pollack, is also a partner. I think he's a decent actor, a bit over-rated, and he's certainly got the smarmy quality down, inherent in many of his roles, but I didn't feel like he had the level of intelligence required to hold the position he does...and are all lawyers smarmy, greedy, opportunistic liars looking to rip people off? Maybe...I don't know, but this movie would have you believe so...Jackson is pretty good, but he's pretty much playing a role I've seen numerous times before from him, the angry, loud black man who yells a lot. It's toned down a little here, but not much. In the film, we find his wife left him because of his problem with alcohol and his addiction to rage. Throughout the film, she would seem on the verge of possibly reconciling with him, but then would quickly change her mind. This happened three or fours times, and given the film takes place over the course of one day, I could see where Jackson's character might react the way he does, given that she has such a penchant for flip flopping. One of the things I disliked about this film was each time one of the main characters would initiate some form of revenge on the other, they would suffer from moralistic pangs, which would soon pass as the cycle continued. And honestly, there weren't really any likeable characters in this film, despite any attempts of redemption by the characters within the story. Banek is a self-serving lawyer, one whose professional dealings seem awful shady (he struggles with this throughout most of the movie, as we are supposed to believe his conscious is now bothering him, despite his previous actions). Oh yeah, he's also an adulterer...and Jackson's character, a recovering alcoholic telephone insurance salesman with confrontation issues, one who his AA sponsor (played by William Hurt) say is `addicted to chaos'. We do see him desperately trying to put the pieces of his life back together and develop a relationship with his two young sons, but I always got the feeling like his attempts were always too little, too late. I did like the performances by Pollack and Hurt, even though they got so little screen time and it seemed like their characters were a bit contrived as plot devices, both seemingly only present to serve as external forces for good, with Hurt and Jackson, and bad, with Pollack and Affleck, to put it simply. Toni Collette makes an appearance or two, as a colleague of Affleck at his law firm, but her character is almost a non-character, offering little more than a foil for Banek to bounce off of as he deals with his conscience. And I have to say, while I think she's normally an attractive woman, she did not look good here, with here bleached out hair. I was expecting a much different direction at the end, as the film reminded me slightly of the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down, in that events continuously build on each other leading to an inevitable conclusion, but here, things wrapped up just a bit too convenient for my tastes, especially given the self destructive nature of the characters and events that transpired.
The wide screen anamorphic picture here looks wonderful, and there are a few special features available including a really worthwhile commentary track by the director, a 15 minute `Making of' featurette, deleted and extended scenes (only about three total and not really offering much more to the story), a five minute `A Writer's Perspective' featurette, and a theatrical trailer for the film. The product page here mentions alternative endings, but I didn't see those listed in the special features of the disc. By the way, if you ever get into a one upping contest with Samuel L. Jackson, check your car's lug nuts regularly.
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T.Patrick HurleyReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie and a must have for any movie collector.
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The movie does a great job of getting the viewer to consider their own moral standards as you see the actors do the same in their roles. Ben Affleck and Samual Jackson do a great job in this situational scenario of a "what if".
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