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Picks and Pans Review: The Abstinence Teacher

updated 10/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Tom Perrotta |

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REVIEWED BY KYLE SMITH

NOVEL

This soul-searching comedy presents an America that isn't a red-blue mosaic but a messy purple stew. A divorced mom tries to steer her kid away from an evangelical soccer coach who leads the team in prayers—but whom the mom also finds hot. Perrotta gives equal time to the devout and secular in a funny parable about how we get along with—or even fall for—our sworn ideological enemies.

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