Changing Lanes Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Sydney Pollack

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CHANGING LANES is a movie directed by Roger Michell in 2002.

Gavin Banek is a happy man; he's a young Wall Street lawyer married to his boss's daughter and his future seems bright. This morning, Gavin must go to court in order to prove that the billionaire Dunne has legally turned over, just before dying, his charitable foundation to his father-in-law's (Sydney Pollack) firm.
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Doyle Gipson is also a happy man. He's no more an alcoholic thanks to his commitment in the local AA sessions and his banker confirmed him yesterday that he can buy a house in Queens with the help of the bank. He's now ready to go to court in order to claim his children's custody.

Both men's life will be turned upside down when they have an automobile accident on the freeway while driving to the Court. Banek leaves Gipson with a broken car on the road but forgets an essential document for his case on the scene of the accident. One hour later, Gipson has definitively lost his children's custody and Banek has eight hours to find the missing document if he doesn't want to end the day in jail.

During the rest of day, Gavin and Banek will fight each other by all possible tricky means. Gavin will eventually find out that his father-in-law had fraudulently taken 1.5 million dollars from the fundation's assets and our hero is now urged by Sydney Pollack to forge a false document in order to close the case. In the meantime, Gipson is on the verge of starting to drink again when his ex-wife tells him that she intends to go to Oregon and definitively leave him and NYC.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

“Changing Lanes” is the most interesting fender-bender movie since “Tin Men.” And, like “Sliding Doors,” it proves how the smallest event can profoundly changes lives.

Gavin Banek (Affleck) is a powerful Manhattan lawyer and Doyle Gipson (Jackson), a recovering alcoholic. Each has good reason to be in court by noon. The former to acquire a millionaire's estate; the latter to prove he can afford a house so his family won't leave him. When the two harmlessly sideswipe on the FDR, Banek's standard solution is to hand Gipson a blank check. Gipson however, wants to do “the right thing.” As a result, only he is late to court, but the sarcastic Banek also loses because he inadvertently left his court documents at the scene.

This leverage creates some funny yet frightening escalating cat-and-mouse scenarios which eventually contrast the infidelity of marriage against the infidelity of business, and the price one will pay for a comfortable life. Still, when the two men's road rage nearly turns violent, one of them must re-evaluate his values and give in.

The review of this Movie prepared by Angry Jim Magin

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   lawyer creature

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   wealthy    -   rude people Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15

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