Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes

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Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette

     
 

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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 lawyerSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ingenious scripting, earnest performances, and fastidious direction make the patently preposterous premise of Changing Lanes not only believable but genuinely compelling. Ben Affleck is perfectly cast as a callow yuppie lawyer who, late for an important court proceeding, leaves the scene of a car accident that strands Samuel L. Jackson. A recovering alcoholic due in court himself, Jackson fails to show up on time and, as a result, forfeits his rights to partial custody of his son. What really distinguishes the Chap Taylor-Michael Tolkin screenplay is its portrayal of the ensuing battle of wits: Jackson inadvertently acquired a file vital to Affleck’s case, but he refuses to surrender it until the lawyer makes compensation. Affleck has never been better; he is superb as the increasingly desperate attorney who first uses his connections to ruin Jackson’s life and then remorsefully tries to undo the damage. He and Jackson get strong support from Sydney Pollack (Affleck’s charming but ruthless boss), Toni Collette (his admiring co-worker), and Amanda Peet (his blithely amoral sweetheart). Director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) skillfully stages the frenzied chess game between equally determined opponents who both yield to the dark side of their nature. Changing Lanes might initially seem to be little more than a contemporary urban nightmare, but it’s actually a film about vulnerability, compassion, ethics, and redemption --important values portrayed in the guise of fast-paced, hard-edged melodrama. Director Michell provides a commentary track for the DVD, which also includes a featurette exploring the writers’ perspectives, two deleted scenes, and one extended sequence.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A pleasingly taut, surprisingly trenchant morality play disguised as an urban thriller, this sleeper hit stays smartly focused on the emotional reality of its premise without devolving into the violent, chaotic genre clichés typically found in lesser films dealing with themes of rage and revenge. Rather than delighting in the mechanics of one-upmanship, screenwriters Chap Taylor and Michael Tolkin head for different, more disturbing intellectual territory, punctuating their script with arch, cynical monologues that lay bare commonly accepted justifications for inexcusably heinous behavior and exploring in painful detail the high cost of vengeance, depicting it as an inherently selfish fire that must blowback to immolate he who strikes the match. Both Ben Affleck, in what is easily the best performance in a career of spotty quality, and Samuel L. Jackson, typically simmering with fierce intelligence and coiled menace, zealously dig into their respective roles, each becoming a mirror held up to the other and reflecting back an ugly image neither wants to see. These are tough, complex, and very real humans with feet of clay and lacking utterly in glamour or heroism. As in many great works of drama, the characters here are ultimately not confronted with each other but with themselves, and the actors rise gloriously to the occasion. One of the year's boldest, timeliest films, Changing Lanes aspires to encourage introspection, and there aren't many loftier goals for mass entertainment than that.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

This is one of the best movies of the year.
New York Post

Finally, a thinking person's thriller. Lou Lumenick
New York Observer
In addition to gluing you to the edge of your seat, Changing Lanes is also a film of freshness, imagination and insight. Rex Reed

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929301881
Original Release:
2002
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
19,698

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Gavin Banek
Samuel L. Jackson Doyle Gipson
Toni Collette Michelle
Sydney Pollack Andrew Delano
William Hurt Doyle's sponsor
Amanda Peet Cynthia Banek
Kim Staunton Valerie Gipson
Richard Jenkins Walter Arnell
John Benjamin Hickey Carlyle
Jennifer Dundas Lowe Mina Dunne
Dylan Baker Finch
Matt Malloy Ron Cabot
Bradley Cooper Gordon Pinella
Tina Sloan Mrs Delano
Akil Walker Stephen Gipson
Cole Hwakins Danny Gipson
Ileen Getz Ellen
Myra Lucretia-Taylor Judge Abarbanel
Bruce Altman Joe Kaufman
Joe Grifasi Judge Cosell
Lisa Leguillou Gina Gugliotta
Angela Goethals Sarah Windsor
Tyler Sussman Tyler Cohen
Susan Varon Buckburg, Sheryl
Noel Wilson bartender at Arlo's
Angel Caban security guard ar school
James Lovelett security guard at school
Julia Gibson receptionist as AD & S
Michael Patrick McGrath Seavers
Ray Boknour Willard
Suzanne Hevner Delanos secretary
Caleb Archer kid on bike
Jordan Gelber priest
Olga Merediz Mrs Miller
Jayne Houdyshell Miss Tetley
Shabazz Richardson cops at precinct
Raymond Anthony Thomas cop at precint
Michael Pitt music teacher/conductor
Genevieve Elam waitress
Juanma Lara orchestra children
Anastasia Rojas orchestra children
Nicole Wright orchestra children
Clive Oliver Greenberg orchestra children
Gilbert Williams Mike
Sophia Guaspari orchestra member
Ruben J. Seraballs orchestra member
Father Bonneau himslef
Jewel Brimage teacher
Katariina Kiamma teacher
Vanessa Quel Kate
Howard I. Laniado Barry
Tony Machine office worker
Carolyn Feldschuh office worker
Maria Alaina Mason office worker
Harvey Waldman author in newsroom
Pamela Hart newscaster
Neal Jones newsroom writer
Susan Blackwell newsroom producer
Alyson Renaldo newsroom executive producer
James Soviero newsrom associate producer
Mary Kelly newsroom script supervisor
Anthony DiGiacomo newsroom associate director
Richard Velasco newsroom director
Leonard Thomas newsroom reporter
Richard Kelly AA group leader
Selena Blake insurance broker
Harriet Rosenthal family court
John Kohl family court
Lisa Vogel family court
Bob Heffernan Simon Dunne
Nicolas Dodd Conductor
Sonny Kompanek Conductor

Technical Credits
Roger Michell Director
David Arnold Score Composer
Scott Aversano Co-producer
Harry Peck Bolles Editor
Ron Bozman Executive Producer,Production Manager
Ryan Collinson Sound Mixer
Marcia de Bonis Casting
Timothy Donohue Asst. Director
David M. Dunlap Cinematographer
Margie Durand Makeup
James C. Feng Art Director
Sarah Frank Art Director
Steven W. Graham Art Director
Linda Grimes Makeup
Anthony Hemingway Asst. Director
Anthony Kawakami Asst. Director
Peter Kunz Special Effects
Ellen Lewis Casting
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Jane McCulley Editor
Danny Michael Sound Mixer
Chris Norr Camera Operator
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Debra Schutt Set Decoration/Design
Warren Shaw Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Steel Asst. Director
Chap Taylor Original Story,Screenwriter
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
Michael Tolkin Screenwriter
Salvatore Totino Cinematographer
Harvey Waldman Production Manager
Tara Nicole Weyr Asst. Director
Brune Winant Casting
Kristi Zea Production Designer

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