Changing Lanes

Synopsis: An attorney in a rush to make a court appointment to file legal papers involving a multi-million dollar trust accidentally collides with an alcoholic insurance salesman, who also is a rush for a court appointment involving the custody of his children. The attorney leaves the scene of the accident and strands the salesman, causing him to miss his custody hearing. During the process of the post-crash discussion, the attorney accidentally drops the papers he needs to present in court. The judge gives him until the end of the day to present the papers and thus begins a cat and mouse game between the proponents. A few questionable actions later on both parties' part, they finally start questioning their actions and their lives. In the end, both come to new understanding of what is important and appear to be set in new ethical and moral directions. Contains mild violence and profanity.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Roger Michell
Production: Paramount Pictures
  7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
69
Rotten Tomatoes:
77%
R
Year:
2002
98 min
$66,650,688
Website
495 Views


you know, to--

No, I don't know.

To write my name on,

and address.

And I gave it to him.

I just wasn't thinking clearly,

I guess. Must've been the accident.

Did you get his name?

Did I get his--

Yes, of course I got his name.

Let's call him.

As I-- If memory serves,

Your Honor...

- I believe he's not in.

- How do you know?

He made some reference

to the fact that he was...

feeling hurried because...

he had to be at an appointment

of some sort.

- Call him and leave a message.

- Yes, of course. I will.

Your Honor,

may I make a suggestion?

I'm in no hurry,

and I know how bad...

a person feels after a--

a car crash, right?

Yeah.

Thanks, Terry.

No. Don't mention it.

So, Gavin, when the man,

whose name you don't know...

gets out of the meeting

that you say he's in...

would you call him at the number

that you think is in your car...

so that we can have the document

you assure us gives us the proof...

that the senior partners

of your law firm...

do control the money Simon Dunne

left to the children of New York?

Doesn't matter. He'll have a copy.

He'll bring the copy in.

A piece of paper with

an original signature on it...

still has great magical power.

Without that piece of paper

with the signature...

Miss Dunne can sue

that law firm for fraud...

and possibly send you and the other

members of your law firm to jail.

Mr. Banek, find your man...

and bring me back that file

by the end of the day.

- Thank you, Your Honor.

- Thank you.

- Hold on, sir.

- Put your hands up, please.

Wait. Hold on a second.

- Okay.

- Thank you, sir.

- Dad!

- Hey, guys.

- You're late. Mom went in already.

- What's in the bag?

- What bag?

- Daddy!

Oh, this bag.

It's a present for the judge.

I want a present!

I want a present!

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