All She Can (2011)
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The movie bucks Hollywood norms without quite knowing what to put in their place.
Approaches the coming-of-age story of the Chicana girl unwilling to reproduce "her" culture without putting up a fight developing some unconventional threads.
Audience Reviews for All She Can
By night, Luz(Corina Calderon) works for a fast food restaurant before going off to simultaneously hang out with and ward off the advances of her irresponsible boyfriend Ray(Jeremy Ray Valdez) who himself has to deal with a different kind of unwanted attention from an army recruiter. Luz has some previous expererience with this as her and her family use Skype to communicate with her brother JM(Jaime Medeles) who is serving overseas. By day, she is an honors high school student in her senior year in the small, isolated town of Benavides, Tx. Her high grades sadly do not guarantee her a path to the University of Texas at Austin, as her mother(Leticia Magana) refuses to co-sign any loans for her. So, Luz's path to college might come down to a chance to win a weightlifting scholarship whose first step is a regional tournament. "All She Can" is an endearing character study. Like the movie with its rough edges, Luz is a work in progress, making her fair share of mistakes which the movie thankfully does not judge her for. Plus, the movie neatly sidesteps the usual sports movie cliches in favor of a darker and more political and complex path. I think Luz's mother has a point when she brings up the perils of Luz being burdened by debt after college which is currently a very serious issue for many others. But for Luz, this may be her only opportunity to escape a life that while warm and comforting, does not really give her a chance to breathe.
An absolutely fabulous movie. An emotional and dramatic story line. Very suspenseful at times, but a must-see for anyone that loves a GREAT movie.
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