ALL SHE CAN DVD Review
It’s the classic underdog story in Amy Wendel’s ALL SHE CAN, and who doesn’t love a good underdog, right? Our main character, Luz, is a small town Texas girl that is struggling to make a better life for herself.
In her small town, there isn’t much that a high school student can aspire for: You’re either going to be working the oil rigs or joining the Army, and Luz decides that she wants out of this lifestyle. Just because it’s worked for the people of the town that came before her, Luz wants more.
What does she decide to do? Well, Luz decides she’s going to go to college. However, to get into college, she has to somehow find the funds to pay for her schooling. Enter a scholarship. And not just any scholarship! Nope, Luz is going to get a scholarship through power lifting.
If there was ever a metaphor in a film that slapped me in the face more, I can’t think of it. While writers Daniel Meisel and Amy Wendel are successful in their attempt to recreate the “girl wants out of a small town so works her butt off to get there” story, power lifting seemed like too much of a “I have the weight of the world on my shoulders” (literally) situation.
That’s not to say that All She Can wasn’t a good film. In fact, it was the opposite. I quite enjoyed it, even though through most of All She Can, I wasn’t actually rooting for Luz. She’s got a bad attitude, throws hissy fits, and nothing ever seems to please her no matter WHAT happens; I still felt that she deserved a way out of her situation, mainly because she was willing to work for what she wanted. I appreciate that in a character, regardless of how unlikeable they are.
While All She Can was an interesting watch, there wasn’t a lot of humanity throughout the story, which is something I feel is needed when working in this genre. I would probably like to give the film a second watch just to see if Luz was as horrible a character as I interpreted her to be during my first go round.
There weren’t any extras on the DVD, but if you are interested in the movie, you can purchase it on Amazon.
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