Steve Carell & Sandra Bullock Cast in 'The Abstinence Teacher'

August 2, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Steve Carell & Sandra Bullock

Back in December of 2006 it was announced the directing duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' would be following up their indie hit Little Miss Sunshine with an adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel The Abstinence Teacher for Warner Independent, but since that section of WB has since gone belly-up, the project has been in limbo. Now Production Weekly reports (via The Playlist) the project seems to be back in working order as Steve Carell and Sandra Bullock are now attached to the story of a woman who works as a sex-ed teacher in Middle America whose values conflict with the conservative nature of where she lives.

Set in a town of good schools, wholesome family values and a thriving real estate climate, Ruth Ramsey (the role likely for Bullock), a human sexuality teacher, finds herself under fire for believing "pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power." Meanwhile, her daughter's soccer coach and former rocker/stoner Tim Mason (the role presumably for Carell) belongs to an evangelical church that isn't too fond of Ruth's teaching style. In defense of her own beliefs, Ruth charges that the church shouldn't be taking its message outside of the church itself. And so Ruth and Tim are pitted against each other in a small-town culture war.

Sounds like something different for both Carell and Bullock, so I'm certainly interested. However, it remains to be seen how soon Dayton and Faris will get to this project since their other comedy project Will, starring Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd, is also on their slate. Little Miss Sunshine was one of my favorite indies a few years ago, so I can't wait to see what Dayton and Faris have in store with their sophomore effort. Cool?

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That's awesome I hope it turns into a bloodbath.

LINKFX on Aug 2, 2010


Sounds like Carell is taking on the role of a confrontational bad guy which should be very interesting. I'm glad he's branching out as an actor, leaving The Office was a good career move for him.

peloquin on Aug 2, 2010


i read the write-up; and, i guess i'm not too interested..........but that picture of bullock?.........she is a TOTAL MILF. - i'm out.

beavis on Aug 2, 2010


Certainly one can see both Carell and Bullock playing, respectively, an evangelical father and a human sexuality teacher, and that may be part of the problem. Rather than seeing the characters for who they are in the story, the audience might wind up watching Carell and Bullock "play" the characters as actors. Of course, there is always the issue of their on-screen chemistry. But if there are any filmmakers out there who might be able to get Carell and Bullock to pull of this type of story off convincingly, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris would be among them.

J. Sperling Reich on Aug 2, 2010


I think Sandra is a good choice for the mother but the male character is supposed to be this former rock star wannabe drug addict who has become a born again christian, it'll be interesting to see Carrell play that part. Unless the script has been revised.

Sofiya7891 on May 25, 2011

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