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  • 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
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  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 15, 2011
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Jul 26, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 26, 2011
    The film proves that closely sketched specificity can trump pedestrian plotting. At least, that is, until steroids rears its ugly and inevitable head and the film veers into morality play and, finally, inspirational uplift.
  4. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Jul 28, 2011
    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.