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December 2, 2013
A good small budget film with a believable cast. Remarkable that the setting is real, too. The outdoors shots and establishment shots really are in Benavides...same for Alice and the other locations in the script. So many movies with Texas settings are shot an hour north of Hollywood or in Monument Valley, Utah, or somewhere else outside of Texas. While I didn't really expect much out of this film, it certainly exceeded my expectations. There was nothing trite or easily predictable about the script. I'm from the Benavides/Alice area and I swear I know these people. In the end it was an uplifting story with a good lesson in morality.
May 30, 2013
Ok, it's not "Selena", but I thought it was better than most of the other ratings I've seen.
Super Reviewer
½ October 24, 2012
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.
½ July 9, 2012
Good movie, but too many things going on, instead of focusing on main objective.
½ May 12, 2012
The story was a little unexpected, but the ending was great.
March 29, 2012
million dollar baby- the boxing+doc=this one
½ January 15, 2012
B movie. There are good parts here and there but the acting is horrible .
November 18, 2011
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.
June 9, 2011
Renamed ALL SHE CAN-****When a movie can target a contemporary social issue in human terms with a fresh approach, it deserves attention. Young people growing up in South Texas, despite many of their families having lived there for several generations, have very few options for breaking out of poverty and achieving the American dream. Husband and wife filmmakers Amy Wendel and Daniel Meisel looking to write their screenplay and make their first feature film were drawn to this area and wanted to tell this story. They spent a great deal of time in and around Benavides Texas where they came to understand the plight of a number of young people in this community. The main character of their screenplay is Luz (Corina Calderon) a high school senior and a competitive weight lifter who sees the possibility of winning the state championship as the road to a college scholarship which will pay for her college education. In reality, other sports provide the more likely avenue for college scholarships although the introduction of this mostly unknown high school competition is part of the attraction and fascination of this movie. In Texas the top 8% of any high school class is accepted to the University of Texas but they have to come up with the money to pay for tuition. Perhaps this is why this film also showed the friendly military recruiters in the halls of the high school and also why a disproportionate number of our combat soldiers come from rural areas such as the one shown in this film. This also accounts for the desperation that we see in Luz and the extremes to which she is willing to go to win her weight lifting championship and achieve her goal of getting a college education. This is not your typical " Rockyesk " movie where the hero or heroine is shown delivering their triumph in the end. In fact, despite the difficulty and hardships of the struggling high school students, the film reminds us that this is nothing compared to the desperation of the people risking their lives and the lives of their children as they sneak across the border. This determination becomes the inspiration of the main character and of this movie. This film will touch your emotions as well as educate you about some painful realities in this country. It merited being selected for the Sundance Film Festival this year and we highly recommend it.
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