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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Thursday night marks the debut of the much anticipated "50 Shades of Grey" -- and with it comes a lot of debate.

"I'm so excited," Jennifer Coffin said. She's planning on seeing it next week with her girlfriends -- in part to avoid the rush of opening weekend.

The movie is expected to bring in nearly $60 million in its opening weekend. It's already set pre-sale records for both Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend. 

But for the many who cannot wait to see this steamy romance, there are perhaps just as many who aren't.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati posted this as part of a message on their Facebook page earlier this week: "The movie is a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God's people."

The Archdiocese in Dubuque has been quiet on the issue so far, but is planning a similar message. Both groups urge people to stay away from the movie.

Rev. Tom Shinkle, lead pastor at the Grandview United Methodist Church, said he won't formally tell people not to go to the movie, but doesn't approve of the movie's message.

"I think it's another horrible message about women being weaker and being dominated," Shinkle said. "I don't think that's the message I want my daughter to hear."

But he understands he can't keep people away from seeing it, either.

"It's hard to support it, but again, I'm not going to tell anyone they're going to Hell if they go to the movie," Shinkle said.

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