A Phenomenological Analysis of the Film “Changing Lanes”

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A Phenomenological Analysis of the Film Changing Lanes
The film Changing Lanes clearly portrays two characters that are expressing a socially-generated belief that the only rational response to wrongdoing is to exact increasingly punitive levels of damage on the respective inflicting party. The film starts out with a violent car crash in which an attorney, Gavin Banek, hits the car of an insurance salesman, Doyle Gipson. Banek initially tries to buy Gipson off and when this fails, Banek simply leaves the scene. Gipson was on his way to a child custody hearing which he ends up losing due to his failure to appear. This sets off the chain of tit-for-tat behavior which characterizes the phenomenological construct evident in this film. The...
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.....uct. The act of punishment often only results in a self-destructive pattern that once initiated remains very difficult to reverse. Luckily for both characters, the damage was minimized to a degree.
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