As one who loved Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, the noise Bill Donohue and the like were making over the film adaptation of "The Golden Compass" (far before they could ever have actually SEEN the film) really irritated me. This is a nice bit of satire, "turning the other cheek" -- if you will. I've not seen the film version of "Golden Compass" because I think it's not really a story well-suited to being a film, and that the liberties that'd have to be taken with the story could do nothing more than sadden me. Based on the film's terrible performance this weekend, I'd have to hazard a guess that I'm not the only one that felt that way. Or that Bill Donohue is more powerful than I'd prefer to give him credit for.
I can't vouch for the film, but Pullman's trilogy is really fantastic. Slightly "challenging," I suppose, if the idea of religion perpertrating evil offends thee, but I'm of the ilk that anything that causes one to think about what they believe is a good thing. I think the books are beautiful, and the hand-full of Christians that I know who've read them didn't seem to have any kind of problem with them. Despite how terrible the film looks, I urge anyone with even a passing interest in Young Adult Fiction to take a look at the novels.