- Summary: In a small Texas town, there aren't many career options for young people besides oil rigs, the military, or fast food restaurants. Luz Garcia, a fiery high school athlete, is determined to forge a different future: she's gained admission to the University of Texas at Austin. The problem is she can't afford to go. With her one shot at a scholarship riding on the state power lifting championship, she sees no choice but to bend the rules to ensure her victory. Although Luz's rashness and frustration land her in increasingly hotter water, they also fuel her with courage and empowerment. (Maya Entertainment)… Expand
- Director: Amy Wendel
- Genre(s): Drama
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Because Benavides is a south Texas town, the screenplay touches inevitably on the flow of immigrants at the border - and resentment at their presence. But All She Can puts a new face on this resentment, highlighting the frustration of legal Mexican Americans.
The unconventional choice of extra-curricular activity for Luz sheds light onto the strange sport of powerlifting, in which teen girls are constantly weighed and sometimes told that they have 40 minutes to get three pounds off their bodies so they can compete.
Worse, you never root for Ms. Calderon's Luz, who goes from sullen to more sullen to a bit less sullen. She has discipline - to lift, she has to keep her weight down and train constantly - but not much compassion and no joy.