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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful:
probably the worst series ever made..., 7 November 2005
Author: suldanessalar from Portugal
I've seen Morangos com Açucar. It depicts the life of Portuguese teenagers in a really twisted wonderful way, where everything is sunny and happy all the time. Of course it has its downs, but it's always some ridiculous cliché situation like "He stole my girlfriend", or... no actually that's it. there are these "cool" delinquents who skate and make graffiti; again, so cliché (I actually know one of th actors...I still can't figure how I manage not to laugh when I see him). All the young actors are there just cuz they're young and good-looking, but they suck. Amongst the adults, there are some good references in Portuguese acting, but u wouldn't know by watching this show, because the argument (or script, or whatever) won't allow any actor to show his talent, even Anthony Hopkins would look like an amateur saying those lines. It's just plain ridiculous, it's all the adolescence clichés and mere stupidity and merchandising all compiled into... that. Even so, it wins in 2 fronts, and by a landslide: hot chicks and comedic value. As I said, th actors (specially th ones who play youth) are there to look good. I'm a man, so I find th women attractive. What I call comedic value is the fact that u can sit there, and laugh at the show during it's entirety (and that's a long time, coz they give you 2 episodes at a time, 1 from th day b4, and th new one... of course u stop laughing when u realize th commercial break's been going for 15min...) Anyway I watch the show regularly now, so I can laugh at it, and then cry at the misery that Portuguese TV has become, and u should do so too. It's a great show
37 out of 55 people found the following review useful:
Awful!, 20 November 2005
Author: Margarida Saramago from Lisbon, Portugal
OK, I just wanted to say that I have never seen a soap opera as bad as this one, I've seen the first episode and I got sick, all I wanted to do was to turn off the TV and throw up! Here's the story of the first season, just for you to know how bad are these screenwriters... A girl that finds her boyfriend making out with another girl. She goes to the beach and, although she doesn't know how to swim (I'm taking a guess, because how the hell does anybody drowns when the level of the water is almost by its knee?) she goes into the water and starts to drown (all of this because of her boyfriend... Sweet love...). She is rescued by a surfer who is nude and, by chance, is in the same school as her and, by chance, is in the same class as her!! What are the odds?!BAD BAD BAD!!! And attention, that was just the first episode! After that, obviously, they fall in love, star to date, get mad at each other, the boy apologises to the girl, they date again, and the circle repeats itself like 20 to 30 times, just enough to keep the Portuguese youth glued to their TV sets(I only know all of this because my friends kept telling me the story every single day. After the first episode, I just refused to see any more of that). Meanwhile, something happens and the girl goes to Brazil, and the boy goes after her, and at that point the soap opera just turns a complete chaos, almost apocalyptic. They break up 30.000 times in two episodes (or so it seems), and then they're about to get married, but afterwards it's not quite like that I don't know why. If you want to know the end of this wonderful story, ask someone who is over 5 years-old and lives in Portugal, because I missed the "grand finale" and, honestly, I don't wanna know! End this, please, and I'll rest my case.
16 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
How To Ruin T.V., 19 September 2006
Author: Releaseyourself from Portugal
"Morangos Com Açucar" only functions with cliché lines and cliché
situations. Season after season, the storyline remains the same only
with new actors, replacing the previous ones with identical characters.
The basic plot suits the basic actors and the even more basic audience.
Every ten minutes, some political/social message is said without having a direct relation to the situation. Two characters may be having a discussion and out of thin air, the subject of recycling is brought up. Once there was a dialog between a main character and an extra, solely for the purpose of indicating to the young audience that smoking is harmful to our health.
The editing is beyond any doubts, the worst I've seen. Part of the problem is the fact that certain scenes were written and shot without the writer and director applying something called "logic". I've seen a boat chase in which they've actually shot the scene alternating between a static and a moving boat.
Another poor thing which is a result of a poor script and editing, is the fact that characters speak in a specific order, without overlaying the others:
A - "Did you know that he stole the money?"
B - "Really?"
C - "Is that so?"
D - "This is bad..."
E - "Are you serious?"
F - "That can't be..."
And every time a character speaks, there's a close up paired with an annoying post production sound. How annoying...
In four seasons, there is only one good thing I've seen in this show: at some point we could relate to the female antagonists and protagonists.
8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
What is there to say?, 23 June 2008
Author: André Mendes from Portugal
I saw the first season of Morangos com Açucar when I was quite young.
And I'm not gonna lie, I did end up watching it throughout. You had
decent actors and a great soundtrack.
However, I stopped there. If you look at this show now, you will see a bunch on untalented (but attractive) actors and producers working hard to reenact everyday situations of real students, so that they can relate with the show. Is that really entertainment? This is aimed at teenagers, they say, but anyone with half-a-brain will notice all the clichés, all the mistakes and all the amateurs in this "show". So, in the end, people watching this show are the twelve and thirteen-year-olds of Portugal and even younger kids.
I am truly hoping that this trend will end soon so that teens can get back to their real life rather than wasting their time with this junk.
4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Totally Awful!, 19 June 2007
Author: henrykk from Portugal
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This show is so bad, that I can't see it eve for one second! Only people without the minimum sense of quality, that see this show. This show doesn't make any sense, it's like so obvious and repetitive it's like ''oh, i stole your girlfriend'' *kick* *punch* ''oh sorry'' and it happens like in every episode. And there it's destined to kids over 10 and there are some sex scenes and that's is not good because it's not educational but it also not good because it isn't well done. It SUCKS! And the actors too. Only the older ones are good (but not that much) and the others are like cheap models that don't have any work and want to be famous, and they will, because of their appearance and for their bad acting! I can't believe I have seen like 2 years of it, so I can say THIS SUCKS! and i can repeat this like one hundred times!
Morangos com Acuçar first season very good, 3 August 2012
Author: tenseco from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
People in Portugal have realized that Morangos com Acuçar has become an industry; however, this does not take from the original cast and idea of the series. I feel that the first series (primeira temporada) was the best. These young actors really did a good job, and there are many memorable scenes for instance with Joana confronts Carla and her dad about their affair, or when Teresa find stands up for herself and tells Daniel what she really thinks about him and their marriage, or when Monica falls crazily in love with Professor Nuno, and she also has a good part when she leaves her father's house deciding to take none of her possessions. What people fail to realize is that this a soap opera, and we all know that soap operas play on the melodramatic, but deep down all these things come from some where, and one has to just set back understand what are the issues. The first series takes place in Cascais, a wealthy city not far from Lisbon. The themes that are treated in the first series are very cultural references as well as the issue of class, living in a society that has wealth with its expectations and norms. Essentially what the writer of this soap opera has done is to humanize those people and in a sense take a way that pedestal of privilege that is associated with wealth. We still that these people are not immune to everyday problems such as: teenage pregnancy, losing one's job, divorce, etc. Much of the content plays on this perception that Portuguese have of people from Cascais and Estoril with their distinct way of talking (in the upper classes) that is why Joana's relationship with Pipo is 'so wrong' compared to her relationship with Ricardo. It also explains why Carla seeks a relationship with an older man and treats her mother like a dog. I think that anybody who could not see the talent on the first series and storyline does not understand much. However, the latest series are of no comparison to the first!
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Terrible, terrible attempt..., 6 June 2010
Author: Vann Vinny from Portugal
There is little talent nowadays on the Portuguese TV industry, I believe, and this show is another proof of it, from the news shows that last 2 hours to soap operas and soap operas in a row to this kind of teenager soap operas you can't really watch public television in Portugal and hope to not drop some IQ points in the process. Once now and then there are some movies and documentaries and that's about it as far as quality goes around here. This show in an attempt to imitate Brazilian teen soap operas that were popular a little before the show started, the acting is terrible, the plot is terrible, or random, it would be watchable if the actors, conscious of how bad the show is, turned it a little more satiric and fun, but alas, no - they genuinely try to make it as terrible as it is. I watched the first season, sporadically, it was launched on Summer vacation and by that time I was stuck with nothing to do but read and watch TV, needless to say I finished some giant books before being forced to poison myself with those strawberries. After I don't know how many seasons it hasn't changed much, they try to approach a new general topic such as abortion or homosexuality or racism now and then but overall the show puts up a very poor attempt. I do believe there is some talent in this industry, it's not employed by SIC or TVI though, that's for sure
6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
So Bad!, 19 July 2007
Author: Flávio Gonçalves from Oporto, Portugal
I have no idea how this show is still on the air. No, really, "Morangos com Açúcar" is the worst vision of the Portuguese teenager's reality. Dears, this show is awful! I totally agree "suldanessalar": "I've seen Morangos com Açucar. It depicts the life of Portuguese teenagers in a really twisted wonderful way, where everything is sunny and happy all the time. Of course it has its downs, but it's always some ridiculous cliché situation like "He stole my girlfriend", or... no actually that's it. there are these "cool" delinquents who skate and make graffiti; again, so cliché (I actually know one of th actors...I still can't figure how I manage not to laugh when I see him). All the young actors are there just cuz they're young and good-looking, but they suck. Amongst the adults, there are some good references in Portuguese acting, but u wouldn't know by watching this show, because the argument (or script, or whatever) won't allow any actor to show his talent, even Anthony Hopkins would look like an amateur saying those lines. It's just plain ridiculous, it's all the adolescence clichés and mere stupidity and merchandising all compiled into... that. Even so, it wins in 2 fronts, and by a landslide: hot chicks and comedic value. As I said, th actors (specially th ones who play youth) are there to look good. I'm a man, so I find th women attractive. What I call comedic value is the fact that u can sit there, and laugh at the show during it's entirety (and that's a long time, coz they give you 2 episodes at a time, 1 from th day b4, and th new one... of course u stop laughing when u realize th commercial break's been going for 15min...) Anyway I watch the show regularly now, so I can laugh at it, and then cry at the misery that Portuguese TV has become, and u should do so too." Do a favour for the country and don't see this show. 0/10
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
seriously..?, 7 January 2009
Author: Trine_1 from Portugal
God, let me just say that reading this it's just hilarious... People, if you don't like it just don't bother to watch - that simple...yeah. Remember, it's made for young teenagers, they just want some entertainment, stories that reflect today's problems with some flair, some fantasy, some 'happily ever after'. Just let them be, let the models/actors have fun, develop a new skill and make money. Yeah they're not the best actors in the world, at least it's a chance for someone to have a break into the acting world. Or at least they gain money, always good. The stories? Kinda in a loop, yeah. It's on season VI and it's kind of the same story, but the problems of today are there, just like the problems of last year were there. Jesus... it's a soap opera.. Me? i'm 20 and i still watch it, because it's addictive and really funny for me (yeah, i like to make fun of the silly situations, that's my prerogative).
1 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Let's not be too critical, 9 January 2007
Author: Meg from Poland
That is all true. I agree that the series is most of the times too sugary and simple and yes, there is not too much place for real acting. You have to remember, however, that the show is being created for teenagers and not for refined connoisseurs of the ambitious cinema. The concept is to have a catchy pastime that will brighten up people's lives. It shows colourful and fine lives of young people striking with idealization but also does not avoid teaching what is right and wrong to do. Emotions, of course, play the leading role and the spectator is given a feeling of amusement, though empty, still enjoyable. In my opinion the idea of Morangos Com Acucar is a really successful one because it gives a fresh setting to classical soap operas that became trite long ago. The "factory" of actors and musicians also does not have to be reprehensible. After all not everyone gets the first role in a blockbuster and here many beginners are at least given a chance. I am not a teenager but I enjoyed watching the series and I am sure, not only being influenced by the popularity of the show in Portugal, that many people do as well.
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