xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The last forty minutes of the movie do come together in a pretty diverting way.
“Towing” isn’t exactly the greatest movie ever made, but it’s not boring. It goes to such lengths not to bore us, indeed, that it throws everything at us except the kitchen clock -- unless, which is quite possible, I missed the kitchen clock. The movie is a disorganized comic mélange that never really makes sense, but the actors have such a good time and the direction is so cheerfully anarchic that we can just about forgive the chaos.
The movie was inspired, of course, by the antics and outrages of Chicago's intrepid tow-truck operators, who whipped themselves into such a frenzy of hauling away illegally (and other) parked cars that they inspired both a series of newspaper columns and a song.
The columns were by Mike Royko, who observed that the pirates of old operated on the bounding main but that these new pirates snatched their booty from private parking lots. Folk singer Steve Goodman then immortalized “The Lincoln Park Pirates” (“And it's hey, hey! Tow them away!”), and for a time there Ross Cascio was almost as famous as Ernie Banks.
Neither Royko nor Goodman appears in “Towing,” but a lot of other Chicago personalities do, and the movie is toplined (as Variety would say) by Jennifer Ashley, Sue Lyon arid Bobby Di Cicco. In a dispute over a $60 hauling fee, they get involved in a war on the towing pirates that escalates into bombings, just like in real life.