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One rainy morning in New York City, two men from very different backgrounds are heading to court. Doyle Gipson, Samuel L. Jackson, is an alcoholic loser attempting to stop his wife moving to Oregon with their sons; Gavin Banek, Ben Affleck, is an up-and-coming lawyer married to his boss's daughter and assigned, on behalf of his firm, to take control over the estate of a dead man in questionable circumstances. The lives of these two men collide, literally, and the thoughtless way Banek handles the admittedly frustrating situation leads to a series of escalating confrontations which will profoundly effect both their lives. Changing Lanes is a most interesting film because of the intelligent way the screenplay explores a morally ambiguous situation. Co-scripter Michael Tolkin, who wrote The Player, is undoubtedly responsible for much of the originality and for the film's unusual qualities, but British director Roger Michell - a long way from the romantic comedy of his previous film, Notting Hill, handles the complex relationships that emerge with considerable skill. There's a fine supporting cast - especially Sydney Pollack as Banek's conniving father-in-law and Toni Collette as his mistress - but the film belongs to its stars - Samuel L. Jackson brings depth to a character quite different from the kind he usually plays while Ben Affleck gives perhaps his best performance to date as the whiz kid riding for a fall. The film is a little uncertain in the final stages, but it's good to see something as fresh and original as this.