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At Theaters: 4/12/2002 On Video: 9/10/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409902
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But this minor collision turns two complete strangers into vicious adversaries. Their means of destroying one another might be different, but their goals, ultimately, will be the same.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Suspense Thriller - A very slow drama. It's not nearly as intense as the previews make it out to be. It's also a little on the cruel side as these guys try to hurt each other in their anger.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Affleck PEARL HARBOR, BOUNCE, REINDEER GAMES, BOILER ROOM
Samuel L. Jackson UNBREAKABLE, SHAFT, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Toni Collette THE SIXTH SENSE
Sydney Pollack OUT OF AFRICA
William Hurt ONE TRUE THING, LOST IN SPACE, DARK CITY, MICHAEL
Amanda Peet IGBY GOES DOWN, SAVING SILVERMAN, WHIPPED
Director: Roger Michell NOTTING HILL, MEET JOE BLACK
Producer: Scott Rudin SHAFT, WONDER BOYS
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About The Story
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 7 F-words, 2 GD's, 5 S-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Very little and not graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Social drinking.
ACTION: Only a couple of mild scenes.
COMEDY: Only a few smiles and chuckles.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "...a teasing drama whose relentless good-deed/bad-deed reversals are just interesting enough to make a sinner like me pray for an even more interesting, less symmetrical, less obviously cross-shaped creation.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Excellent "It lays these guys out and X-rays them, and by the end of the day, each man's own anger scares him more than the other guy's. This is one of the best movies of the year.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "The film would be more satisfying if it ended five minutes earlier than it does, but even with its slightly too redemptive coda, it's a bleak and complex moral thriller.''

Newsday  Full Review
Average "Engaging, in a coldly intellectually fashion, but depressing sociologically, emotionally. There are moments where "Changing Lanes" might have ended and left us feeling haunted, empty and perhaps ultimately wiser people. That moment comes and goes and we watch it, the way Doyle watches Gavin drive off along the FDR Drive."

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 177 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
Fairly High
85%
13-19Teens (F)
9
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
31
Fairly Low
84%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
27
Fairly Low
89%
30+Adults (M)
46
Fairly High
91%
30+Adults (F)
51
Fairly High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

I wasn't too far off in my predictions below. Most of the opinions are in the "Good/Avg." to "Very Good" range, which is a little on the low side, but certainly not bad. There were more "Excellent" opinions than I would have thought. After seeing the professional critic reviews I know why. Most of the critics really liked this movie and there is a small percentage of moviegoers whose taste in movies tends to run close to that of critics. I suspect these are the people giving this movie an "Excellent" rating.

For the rest of us, this is a decent movie that's worth a look, but it's not one you'll want to rush out to see. It's worth at least a matinee viewing or catch it at the second run theater in a couple months. If you don't see it before it hits video, be sure to put it on your list of videos to see. It's certainly worth a rental.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
A bit of a disappointment. It's much slower than the previews make it our to be. It's not too bad a movie, but it's certainly not a great movie. Also, both of the main characters are not very likeable, so you don't really care that much about them. The ending keeps it from being too bad and makes it worth seeing at a matinee or on video later.

I predict that the reviews will be concentrated in the "Good/Avg." to "Very Good" range, with very few opinions above "Very Good." There will probably be quite a few "Good/Avg." and lower opinions, which is pretty low. I'll bet the biggest negative comment made will be that it was slow and the biggest positive comment will be that they liked the ending.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Late for court, high-powered attorney Gavin Banek (Ben Affleck) is weaving through heavy traffic. In a different lane, is Doyle Gipson (Samuel L. Jackson), a father, whose right to see his children rests on the decision of a judge with a full docket and no time to spare. On the surface, Banek and Gipson are two very different men: One is struggling to reach the top of his career; the other is desperately scrambling away from rock bottom. But a minor accident will drive these two strangers to the brink of self-destruction, and prove that rage can equalize any playing field when men turn into beasts.
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