Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson star in a story about escalating road rage. Gavin Bannek (Affleck), a junior partner in a high-priced New York law firm rushes to the court to file probate papers. Doyle Gibson (Jackson) rushes from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to court for a hearing to hopefully share custody of his sons. A sudden lane change throws the two cars together and Doyle’s car is damaged. Gavin offers a blank check and drives away, forgetting a dropped file. The accident makes Doyle late and he looses custody of his sons. But Gavin is also in a fix, because the forgotten file is vital to his case. Events escalate as each action brings a new level of rage. Star power should bring in the crowds, but the battle of wills generates some interesting dynamics.
In an interesting, allegorical twist, this confrontation takes place on Good Friday. Both men, although from different social strata, have similar ideals about moral behavior. But circumstances create an atmosphere of anger and hostility that drives them to act against their moral judgment. But after the events of Good Friday bring both men to the bottom of their moral well, the next day brings renewed hope that the future will be better. Unfortunately, the atmosphere of anger, frustration and fear generates more than a few obscenities and several profanities. Without the vulgarities, CHANGING LANES would be a modern morality tale suitable for teens and adults.