May 19, 2006 1:08 pm US/Eastern
Locals Protest 'Da Vinci Code' Movie
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―
The highly publicized film "The Da Vinci Code" opens in theaters today with mixed reviews and plenty of controversy.
Protestors showed up at the Loews Theater at the Waterfront yesterday, during a special screening of the film.
The movie is based on the premise that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene married and had a child, whose bloodline still exists today.
It also implies that the Catholic Church was involved in the secret.
Local Catholic leaders haven't necessarily condemned the film, but Bishop Donald Wuerl says if you're going to see the film, do your homework first.
"Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell us the real story. And I would recommend anybody who has any interest at all in codes or in anything that has to do with the Christian faith, the Catholic Church, go back and read the real story," Wuerl said.
Although some people are saying the movie is just entertainment, some local Catholics say it insults their religion.
As for other critics, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette issued its review for the film, giving it 2 ½ stars, saying it's OK, but if you haven't read the book, it will be easy to get lost in the film.
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