LOS ANGELES – Generation Life and Focus on the Family, two conservative religious groups, say they plan to protest the opening of the movie “Kinsey,” about the bisexual researcher who shocked the world with his sexual research half a century ago.

“He (Kinsey) was a scientist and educator who studied human sexuality in much the same way he studied bugs, and that’s what made his research so refreshing and controversial,” says Bill Condon, who directed the film and previously won an Academy Award for his script “Gods and Monsters.”

In an interview with Zap2it.com the director says, “I expected that this would make people think about themselves. But to protest this film doesn’t seem necessary, but obviously his work is as controversial now as it was then.”

Brandi Swindell, from the Generation Life college group planning the protest as the film opens nationwide in the next few weeks, says, “Alfred Kinsey is responsible in part for my generation being forced to deal face-to-face with the devastating consequences of sexually transmitted diseases, pornography and abortion.”

Starring Liam Neeson in the title role, the film explores the professor’s very personal life, including his relationship with his wife, played by Laura Linney, and a male co-worker he had a relationship with, played by Peter Sarsgaard. The movie shows how Kinsey’s research was often controversial in its frankness and how the researcher was quite closeted about his own sexuality. He came up with a scale of sexuality, from 0 to 6, and purported that most people fell somewhere in the middle.

“Kinsey” is playing in five theaters in Los Angeles and New York and Fox Searchlight plans to expand it throughout the country in November and December, especially for Academy Award consideration.

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AP-NY-11-15-04 0622EST

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