Think of "All You've Got" as a volleyball version of "Bring it on" and you know what you will see in it. The film is produced by MTV Films and is full of cool soundtrack music. Instead of Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushuku and Gabrielle Union, the film features singers like Ciara and Adrienne Bailon, but you know, in this kind of film made for fun, it doesn't really matter whether or not they can act like Meryl Streep, and to be fair they are all likable, giving their best shots. I tried to like the film itself, but I find it very disappointing.
The story itself is not bad. You meet two rivaling volleyball squads The Madonnas and The Phantoms (which reflects the cultural and social differences). Three of the ace players of The Madonnas join the The Phantoms after one tragic event that happens to their school. Their presence naturally causes a discord in the team despite the strict teaching of the coach (Faizon Love), but they have to stay together to win the California State Championship.
The story is predictable, but so was that of "Bring it on" (not that part about the finals in Florida, but the friendship between the girls), so the predictability didn't bother me. No, what disappointed me is the lack of joyful energy of the characters and thrilling sports scenes. The film does not take any new steps in presenting the characters, and it seems the film is more interested in showing the DJs and musicians on stage (in the dance clubs where they go) than the girls themselves. The volleyball sequences are not exciting because of the absence of the athletes' movements that should be essential to the film's story. The use of stunts and stand-ins is understandable, but the scenes are poorly put together, giving some strange moments when it is obvious that the actors are only posing in the court, not playing the game at all.
Probably fans of the actors will enjoy the film, finding more fun than they expected, and Adrienne Bailon is actually very good. But as an ordinary film fan I think "All You've Got" needs something more, more power and energy, and something that would surprise the viewers.