Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes

Roger Michell (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This offbeat drama is one of those smart, surprising movies that manages to sneak under the radar of mainstream Hollywood from time to time. It charts the escalating urban warfare between self-absorbed attorney Ben Affleck and recovering alcoholic Samuel L Jackson following a minor road accident that causes both to miss important appointments. As they struggle to right their desperate situations, they are drawn into an increasingly vindictive battle of wills. Their Road Runner-like duelling remains gripping throughout, with the deftly structured script and emotionally rich performances lending the slim premise unexpected weight, even with some fairly outlandish twists and turns. The film's numerous social and ethical undercurrents are capably handled by director Roger Michell, who also encourages exceptional work from Toni Collette and Sydney Pollack.


Self-absorbed Wall Street lawyer Banek is on his way to file papers in a multimillion-dollar case when he collides with alcoholic insurance salesman Gipson, himself en route to an important custody hearing. The accident leaves Gipson stranded and at risk of losing access to his children. Determined to get even, he sets in motion a vindictive cycle of retribution. Thriller, with Samuel L Jackson, Ben Affleck and Toni Collette.

Cast & Crew

Doyle Gipson Samuel L Jackson
Gavin Banek Ben Affleck
Michelle Toni Collette
Cynthia Banek Amanda Peet
Valerie Gipson Kim Staunton
Delano Sydney Pollack
Doyle's sponsor William Hurt
Walter Arnell Richard Jenkins
Director Roger Michell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD