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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Fight for what's yours. Don't give in to evil influences. Protect the innocent.
Positive Role Models
Togo is a good person who wants the best for his daughter. He works hard, looks out for his friends, resists bad influences in the neighborhood who want him to work for them.
Characters are Uruguayan and actors are Uruguayan and Argentinian.
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Violence & Scariness
Moments of strong violence, gore, blood. Some men presumably shoot a man many times and throw a Molotov cocktail on him (it's revealed later that the man wasn't in his sleeping bag at the time). A young man gets stabbed multiple times. Once on the ground, his stomach is sliced open (shown from a distance). Another man gets stabbed in the knee, has his arm broken. He's also viciously beaten in the face with a large cane; his teeth are knocked out. Some injury detail in his bloodied face. A man is found hanging dead in his bedroom. A teen girl gets punched in the stomach and kicked on the ground. A man jokes about raping a teen girl. A teen girl passes out after vomiting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few sexual innuendos regarding a man protecting a teenage girl from drug dealers and criminals. One joke about "eating p---y."
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Strong language includes all versions of "f--k," including "motherf----r," plus "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "cripple," "punk," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often smoke cigarettes and weed and drink alcohol (beer and liquor), and drug dealers deal drugs on the street. Adults get high on methamphetamines and cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Togo is a Uruguayan drama about an ex-boxer, now long injured, surviving on the streets of Montevideo as a "parker," someone who guides cars to parking spots and watches over them for small tips. But when drug dealers move into the neighborhood, threatening him and his partner, he must protect his territory and fight back. There's a fair amount of violence and moments of brutality, gore, and injury detail. People get punched, kicked, stabbed, sliced open, beaten, and shot. A man is found hanging dead in his bedroom, having killed himself. Another man is severely beaten, has his arm broken, and has his teeth knocked out. There's a joke about raping a teenage girl, and about "eating p---y." Adults misuse drugs and get high (methamphetamines and cocaine), sell drugs, and talk about drugs. Strong language includes all versions of "f--k" (including "motherf----r") plus "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "cripple," "punk," and "damn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The performances are great, and the serious tone works for this drama, even if it loses focus by the end. It's good that the characters have depth in Togo, because the outline of the story is long foreshadowed. Togo is stoic, mysterious, and weathered, but he's also clearly a good person wanting to make up for lost time with his daughter. Further, Togo's relationship with the stranger Mercedes mirrors the kind he wants with his daughter. Thus, many people come to need Togo's indirect and direct protection, and quite easily Togo is someone to root for.
Yet, while both characters are drawn fully, Mercedes kind of disappears by the end, set aside for the film's true finale. By the end, it feels like a slow burn that has culminated in a violent display of resistance. Indeed, this is the end the audience likely wants to see: the final destruction of the threat, the demise of the drug dealers, the crime boss defeated. But to do so, the film ditches the story between Togo and Mercedes, which is the main focus up until that point. Of course, Mercedes must disappear "for her own safety," but for some it will feel like a bait and switch, the cute and burgeoning relationship turned into an afterthought.
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