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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

I think I'll make this

the boys' room.

The master bedroom?

- Boys need, you know, space.

- How old are they?

- Steven's ten, Danny's seven.

- Lucky kids.

Lucky dad.

Is everything--

- It's my first house, and--

- Doyle, you're getting the loan.

I'm not sure I filled

everything out correctly.

You're approved. We'll have

it done for you tomorrow.

Come by, say, 12:30,

and we can sign off on this.

What about you?

- He bought all these instruments.

- Right.

Did you know that

he built this hall?

And a gallery...

a shelter and a hospital

in Mexico...

and a lot of other

really great things.

I met Simon Dunne

when I was in college.

I was tutoring kids

from the local school--

kids who didn't have

a lot of resources.

And one of the peopIe

I was working with...

said that her grandfather

liked to heIp children in nee.

Her name was Mina Dunne.

In fact, she's sitting

right over here.

So my friend and I went to

her grandfather and we said...

we have some kids

who need a pIayground.

We needed a thousand dollars.

He said, "I'll tell you what.

You can't have

a thousand dollars...

to build one playground.

You can have 10,000 to build ten.''

So we did.

- How long have you played violin?

- Six years.

- How about you?

- I feeI llke champagne.

I understand the idea

of ceIebration.

I see the bubbles in champagne...

as something good and beautiful.

Not part of my soul evaporating...

but-- but rising...


with joy.

What I'm trying to say is...

I don't want champagne.

I am champagne.

It's great to be alive.

Thanks for lettin' me share.

Thanks for sharing.

- I'm Mike, and I'm an alcoholic.

- Hi, Mike!

I've been so ber for 15 days.

Mina, wait a second!

My grandfather liked you for some

mysterious reasons of his own.

Excuse me. That's the only reason

we allowed you to speak today.

Wait a minute.

Mina, we're friends.

We were friends a long time ago.

Mina, I owe you so much.

What happened to you?

What do you mean?

- I'll see you in court.

- Mina! Wait a second.

It's okay, it's okay.

Let her go.

Let her go.

George, Melissa. How are you?

- Hi.

- Good to see you.

...grant me the serenity...

to accept the things

I cannot change...

and the wisdom

to know the difference...

to keep coming back.

It works if you work it,

so work it. You're worth it.

- Good morning, Julia.

- Hey, Gavin.

Good morning, guys.

...use of the premises by lessee,

then lessor and lessee shall--

I don't deserve this.

I did absolutely nothing wrong...

and now she just decides

she's gonna hate me.

-Just a second, Tom.

- No, nothing.

Do your thing.

I just wanna tell you the news.

You know, I did

a bsolutely nothing wrong.

So what is it with

all this champagne stuff?

- Oh, that was-- That's just--

- It's a metaphor.

Yeah. But I'm not drinking...

and that's what's important, right?

Be careful with your metaphors.

Just one drink, right?

She's only mad at you because

she can't be mad at him.

He was your client. She's not.

Simon Dunne was your client.

She's still just incredibly

angry about this.

Those are her feelings, not yours.

- I know that, Steven.

- You got the documents all signed.

Get in and get out, Gavin.

- We didn't do anything wrong.

- Of course we didn't.

File the papers and get out.

- Okay?

- Right.

Okay, Mr. Warren.

What you want is term insurance,

but you're not sure about the cost.

What's important is that you be

realistic about what you need.

This policy is never gonna cost you

more than $15 a month.

That's right.

Ellen, call the courthouse

and tell them I'm gonna be Iate.

You know what?

Just call Kaufman's offllce...

and tell him that I called

to say that I'm gonna be late, okay?

""Your Honor,

I'm representing myself today...

because I want you to hear

the sincerity of my words.

Boys need their fathers.

Boys need their fathers.''

- You all right?

- Yeah. Are you?

Yeah. You got an insurance card?

Yeah, sure.

- We just got a call from the court.

- I had an accident.

- Are you okay?

- Yeah, I'm fine.

- I'm fine. It's nothing.

- Nothing?

- Who's that?

- It's no one.

- This may be nothing to you--

- No, don't do that! Don't do that!

- I'll do what I have to.

- I'm sorry. Not you.

- I have to do this right, you know?

- I think so.

I do.

Yes, hold on a second!

- Clean in all my actions.

- Hold on for one second, okay?

- What do you want me to do?

- Tell the court I'm on my way.

Okay, tell them I'm on the steps.

Okay, thank you.

- It's only gonna take five minutes.

- I gotta be somewhere.

You really should keep your card

in your glove compartment...

- and not your briefcase.

- That's not what I'm looking for.

Come on! Sh*t.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you. Very nice of you.

Listen. Tell you what.

I'm gonna write you a blank check,

and you just get your car fixed--

- I don't want your check, man.

- You have an honest face.

- Don't worry about it.

- I wanna do this right.

- Come on! Please! I gotta go!

- I gotta be someplace else too!

It's important to me we do it right.

It should be important to you too.

That's it.

I'm sorry. I gotta go.

- You're sorry what?

- I gotta go, man. I'm late.

I've gotta be somewhere too!

Well, can I get a lift?

- I'm sorry.

- Where are you going, man?

- Don't leave me out here like this!

- Better luck next time.

Better luck--

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