Of course, my friend raised some (perhaps valid) concerns. The movie isn't always appropriate. In fact in some cases, it's well in the far borders of PG-13. It's certainly nothing I'd be concerned about an 11th grader seeing on their own...but in school? Perhaps there's a need to think twice.
...And yet, the content the students just read in the novel is much more verbally graphic and much "worse" if you will. We didn't bat an eye when assigning this novel to the students, and yet now that they might see a (tamed down) version on camera....we worry if it's appropriate. It's interesting how the concept of "seeing" makes something more visercal. Verbal and oral detail isn't given the same weight...at least not in the present culture.
I still haven't decided what I'm going to do. I may just play is safe and leave the video clips for another year. Or I may decide that if the kids can/should/must handle the written text, they can handle the film as well. The ideas are the same, and don't become more or less real when shown versus described.