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All She Can (2011)

Benavides Born (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 2011 (USA)
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Luz Garcia, a high school student in a forgotten Texas town, wants something different than the options awaiting her after graduation. She's earned a ticket out with admission to the ... See full summary »


Amy Wendel
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Corina Calderon ... Luz
Jeremy Ray Valdez ... Raynaldo
Joseph Julian Soria ... Luis
Julia Vera ... Abuela
Julio Cesar Cedillo ... Coach Chapa (as Julio Cedillo)
Julian Works ... Carlos
Leticia Magaña ... Rosana
Amanda Rivas ... Yasmin
Erika Cervantes Erika Cervantes ... Nicole
Jesse Medeles ... JM
Gustavo Gomez ... Manuel
Manuel Garcia ... Sergeant Lopez
Hector Machado ... Principal Martinez
Gloria Gutierrez Gloria Gutierrez ... Gloria Reyes
Rudy Treviño Rudy Treviño ... Head Meet Official


Luz Garcia, a high school student in a forgotten Texas town, wants something different than the options awaiting her after graduation. She's earned a ticket out with admission to the University of Texas at Austin, but she can't afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship. It's all or nothing for Luz...until nothing stares her in the face. Written by Daniel Meisel

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Limits are for those who have them.




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Did You Know?


Some of the powerlifting competition shots of the lead actors and other lifters were obtained in the midst of an actual regional qualifying competition run by the Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film that premiered as "Benavides Born" at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival contained a sex scene between Luz and Raynaldo right before the barn fire scene. See more »

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excellent movie with dreary picture of hopelessness
10 January 2012 | by rightwingisevilSee all my reviews

to me, watching movies is not just killing time or getting thrills out of the monotonous life, it's something i want to get to learn more about someone else' real life in my neighborhood or what is happening right now in a remote place. 'all she can' is such a movie that has made me thinking and pondering of what is the future of America, what kind of hope we got for our young generation. it's not just those kids from their rich families but for those young ones from the constantly struggling mass of this so-called promise land of your American dream. what we got here is a high school immigrant young girl trying so hard to get out and get away from the suffocating hopeless surroundings where she and her family are struggling. her only means to get out is choosing weight lifting not by working in the fast food joint. she tried everything but then decided to cut corners, then facing and dealing with the doomed consequences. those most are law abiding Mexican immigrants for several generations already in the deadbeat Texas small town, their daily struggles are what i have seen all around me, not just in Texas but every states in America. 'American dream' now has become a laughing joke, a once called promise land now seemingly and ironically called as a 'land of broken dreams'. when the only way for some good kids from the poor families is by becoming the chosen ones for boxing, track and field, dancing, playing all kinds of balls, now, even a young female high school girl has to choose 'weight lifting' to get scholarship, to get out of her dying small town in Texas (and her brother, as always, only the kids from poor families or poor immigrant families got the privilege to serve their ((adopted)) country), then i have no doubt that America got serious problem. how could we make fun of the Chinese or the Russians, mocking their young athletes are the products of the state? while pointing your finger at them and making jokes at them, why don't you have the courage and decency to look at yourself in the mirror? what makes you think that America or American are so different from them?

this is a very sad almost break-my-heart movie. it's so hopeless and so hurt to see such a strong-minded young kid fighting a hopeless war she could never win. even she did pass the wt. lifting contest, she still get so many hurdles and obstacles in her future to overcome. the poverty of her family is the original sin she always has to deal with again and again.

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Release Date:

January 2011 (USA) See more »

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All She Can See more »

Filming Locations:

Alice, Texas, USA See more »

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Kapok Pictures LLC, SDB See more »
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1.85 : 1
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