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Changing Lanes

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Changing Lanes

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
99 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/12/02
performer:
Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, William Hurt, Amanda Peet
director:
Roger Michell
Producer:
Scott Rudin
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

A smug lawyer (Ben Affleck) in need of comeuppance tangles in a fender bender with a recovering alcoholic drone (Samuel L. Jackson) addicted to chaos in this twisty sin-and-salvation homily staged as a thriller with a documentary look. It’s a teasing drama — set, lest anyone miss the point, on Good Friday — with relentless good deed/bad deed reversals that are just interesting enough to make a sinner pray for an even more interesting, less obviously cross-shaped creation. B