History Film / ChangingLanes

1st Mar '17 11:18:31 AM Mdumas43073
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1st Mar '17 11:14:56 AM Mdumas43073
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Doyle Gipson is an insurance salesman and father who is down on his luck. He is a recovering alcoholic whose ex-wife has threatened to take the boys with her from New York to Oregon, effectively killing his chances of seeing them regularly, or of ultimately reconciling with her. Doyle believes that he can convince his wife to change her mind by proving that he has changed since their separation - he's remained sober, kept a steady job, and is even on the verge of securing a loan to buy her and the boys their own house so that they won't have to move. To get that chance, however, he has to show up to family court to convince a judge to side with him, and rule in favor of keeping the boys in the city they grew up in.

Gavin Banek is a successful young attorney and a partner at his father-in-law's high-class law firm. After delivering a speech at an event designed to honor the charitable donations of a recently deceased multi-millionaire, Gavin tries to pay his respects to the man's granddaughter, a former friend of his who now refuses to give him the time of day. She is furious over the fact that Gavin convinced her grandfather on his deathbed to sign a document giving control over his expansive trust to Gavin's firm... a decision that just so happened to make Banek's fellow partners a handsome sum of money after they dissolved the board of trustees. While the bereaved granddaughter is suing to have control of the trust taken from the law firm, Gavin is certain that the judge will side with him once he delivers the signed, notarized Power of Appointment at their upcoming hearing.

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''Changing Lanes'' is a 2002 thriller film directed by Roger Michell, starring Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/BenAffleck, and Toni Collette. The film was released by Creator/{{Paramount}}, receiving a positive critical reception and box-office performance.

Doyle Gipson (Jackson) is an insurance salesman and father who is down on his luck. He is a recovering alcoholic whose ex-wife has threatened to take the boys with her from New York to Oregon, effectively killing his chances of seeing them regularly, or of ultimately reconciling with her. Doyle believes that he can convince his wife to change her mind by proving that he has changed since their separation - he's remained sober, kept a steady job, and is even on the verge of securing a loan to buy her and the boys their own house so that they won't have to move. To get that chance, however, he has to show up to family court to convince a judge to side with him, and rule in favor of keeping the boys in the city they grew up in.

Gavin Banek (Affleck) is a successful young attorney and a partner at his father-in-law's high-class law firm. After delivering a speech at an event designed to honor the charitable donations of a recently deceased multi-millionaire, Gavin tries to pay his respects to the man's granddaughter, a former friend of his who now refuses to give him the time of day. She is furious over the fact that Gavin convinced her grandfather on his deathbed to sign a document giving control over his expansive trust to Gavin's firm... a decision that just so happened to make Banek's fellow partners a handsome sum of money after they dissolved the board of trustees. While the bereaved granddaughter is suing to have control of the trust taken from the law firm, Gavin is certain that the judge will side with him once he delivers the signed, notarized Power of Appointment at their upcoming hearing.



''Changing Lanes'' is a 2002 film directed by Roger Michell. It stars Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/BenAffleck, and Toni Collette. The film was released by Creator/{{Paramount}}, receiving a positive critical reception and box-office performance.
8th Dec '16 4:53:36 PM MartineBrooke
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Gavin Banek is a successful young attorney and a partner at his father-in-law's high-class law firm. After delivering a speech at an event designed to honor the charitable donations of a recently deceased multi-millionaire, Gavin tries to pay his respects to the man's daughter, a former friend of his who now refuses to give him the time of day. She is furious over the fact that Gavin convinced her father on his deathbed to sign a document giving control over his expansive trust to Gavin's firm... a decision that just so happened to make Banek's fellow partners a handsome sum of money after they dissolved the board of trustees. While the bereaved daughter is suing to have control of the trust taken from the law firm, Gavin is certain that the judge will side with him once he delivers the signed, notarized Power of Appointment at their upcoming hearing.

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Gavin Banek is a successful young attorney and a partner at his father-in-law's high-class law firm. After delivering a speech at an event designed to honor the charitable donations of a recently deceased multi-millionaire, Gavin tries to pay his respects to the man's daughter, granddaughter, a former friend of his who now refuses to give him the time of day. She is furious over the fact that Gavin convinced her father grandfather on his deathbed to sign a document giving control over his expansive trust to Gavin's firm... a decision that just so happened to make Banek's fellow partners a handsome sum of money after they dissolved the board of trustees. While the bereaved daughter granddaughter is suing to have control of the trust taken from the law firm, Gavin is certain that the judge will side with him once he delivers the signed, notarized Power of Appointment at their upcoming hearing.
21st Jul '16 5:47:36 AM johnnye
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The fates of these two men would quite literally collide one morning when both of them, distracted by the legal battles ahead, crash into each other on the freeway on their way to the courtroom. While the turn of events is most certainly an inconvenience for both of them, Doyle insists they "do the right thing" by exchanging insurance information and waiting for the police to arrive. Gavin refuses, and after futilely attempting to pay off Doyle with a blank check, hurriedly jumps back in his car and speeds away. In the process he leaves Doyle, whose car was totaled in the accident, stranded... and also leaves behind the folder containing the Power of Appointment he needs to win the case.

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The fates of these two men would quite literally collide one morning when both of them, distracted by the legal battles ahead, crash into each other on the freeway on their way to the courtroom. While the turn of events is most certainly an inconvenience for both of them, Doyle insists they "do the right thing" by exchanging insurance information and waiting for the police to arrive. Gavin refuses, and after futilely attempting to pay off Doyle with a blank check, hurriedly jumps back in his car and speeds away. In the process he leaves Doyle, whose car was totaled in the accident, stranded... and also leaves behind the folder containing the Power of Appointment he needs to win the case.
15th May '16 7:09:18 PM Fireblood
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* HollywoodLaw: Everything from leaving the scene of the accident to turning off credit accounts without cause by themselves would get a real lawyer disbarred, not to mention prosecuted. At the scene where two firm partners started colluding with Gavin to forge a signature on a document, any real lawyer will declare "You Fail Law Forever" and walk out, not just because they're breaking four different [[https://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/aba/current/ABA_CODE.HTM ethical rules]], plus numerous laws, the senior partners are trying to cover up the mistakes of a junior associate...by breaking the rules themselves! Seriously, anybody who pens a movie about lawyers behaving badly could at least try to read the actual rules first.
23rd Nov '15 9:57:15 AM Morgenthaler
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''Changing Lanes'' is a 2002 film directed by Roger Michell. It stars Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/BenAffleck, and Toni Collette (''MurielsWedding''). The film was released by Creator/{{Paramount}}, receiving a positive critical reception and box-office performance.

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''Changing Lanes'' is a 2002 film directed by Roger Michell. It stars Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/BenAffleck, and Toni Collette (''MurielsWedding'').Collette. The film was released by Creator/{{Paramount}}, receiving a positive critical reception and box-office performance.
7th Apr '15 2:20:12 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer briefly shows a fistfight between Gavin and Doyle that never happens in the film.
7th Oct '14 7:17:46 PM Angeldeb82
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* TheSponsor: Creator/WilliamHurt's character is the Sponsor for Doyle. He shows genuine concern for Doyle throughout the film, even going so far as to bail him out of jail during Doyle's EscalatingWar with Gavin. Near the end he finally gets fed up with Doyle's increasingly unhinged antics, delivering this [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech scathing commentary]]:

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* TheSponsor: Creator/WilliamHurt's character is the Sponsor for Doyle. He shows genuine concern for Doyle throughout the film, even going so far as to bail him out of jail during Doyle's EscalatingWar with Gavin. Near the end he finally gets fed up with Doyle's increasingly unhinged antics, delivering this [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech scathing commentary]]:



* WhiteMansBurden: [[spoiler:Gavin in the end, though it's his fault to begin with]].

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* WhiteMansBurden: [[spoiler:Gavin in the end, though it's his fault to begin with]].with.]]
14th May '14 2:22:09 PM jeez
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14th May '14 2:22:08 PM jeez
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* WhiteMansBurden: [[spoiler:Gavin in the end, though it's his fault to begin with]].
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