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Changing Lanes

HD   R Closed Captioning

Roger Michell

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About the Movie

Director Roger Michell follows up the hit romantic comedy Notting Hill (1999) with this thought-provoking thriller. Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson star, respectively, as Gavin Banek and Doyle Gibson, two New York men whose lives become accidentally intertwined in a Good Friday fender bender on the FDR Drive. Late for a crucial appointment, hotshot lawyer Gavin tosses Doyle a blank check and leaves the scene, while Doyle, whose car is inoperable, is late for a court-appointed custody hearing. A recovering alcoholic, Doyle's tardiness doesn't sit well with the judge, who - sick of waiting for Gipson - grants custody to Doyle's ex-wife in Doyle's absence. The situation worsens when it becomes evident that Doyle has an equally important file belonging to Gavin, which proves that an elderly man gave Banek's firm power-of-attorney over his foundation. So begins an escalating war of words and deeds between the two men. Soon, egged on by an associate (Toni Collette), Gavin hires a "fixer" (Dylan Baker) to destroy Doyle's credit, forcing Doyle to fire back with some cunning moves of his own. Changing Lanes co-stars William Hurt, Sydney Pollack, and Toni Collette.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 151
  • Fresh: 116
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Combines a knack for storytelling with a rare instinct for exploring ideas within the framework of a major, star-driven Hollywood movie. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Sep 8, 2010

Rotten: The ending is guaranteed to aggravate any self-respecting New York driver. – Dennis Lim, Village Voice, Apr 16, 2002

Fresh: A thrilling ride but also a thoughtful one, it's a movie that does manage to do more good than bad by the end of the day. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: At its best, watching Changing Lanes is like watching controlled madness. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews


Changing Lanes is a great drama and is very thought provoking. The acting is excellent and the storyline is great.

wow, it's full of good!

This movie will overwhelm you. When it's over, you'll see only the positive things and realize what a great life you have. For $10, it's more than worth it!

Better Than You Think

I wasn't a huge fan of Mr. Afkeck or Mr. Jackson but after watching this movie several times, I am now. This movie shows Road Rage at its worst. I could totally relate to this movie and the character's ordeals. I must say my patience with traffic and bad drivers has improved greatly. This movie should be shown in today's Driver's Ed classes, it makes one think before overreacting to situations.