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My Friend Dahmer (2017)

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A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Freshman Boy (as Zac Brown)
... Freshman Girl
... Jeff Dahmer
... Dr. Matthews
... John 'Derf' Backderf
Adam Kroloff ... Mr. Burlman
... Joyce Dahmer
Brady M.K. Dunn ... Bossy (as Brady Dunn)
Michael Ryan Boehm ... Shorty (as Michael Ryan)
... Lionel Dahmer
... Dave Dahmer
... Neil
... Mike
... Moose
Jake Ingrassia ... Gooch
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A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

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Based on the Acclaimed Graphic Novel


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R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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1 June 2018 (UK)  »

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Moj prijatelj Damer  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$35,545, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,355,664, 25 February 2018
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Right after filming a scene, Alex Wolff (Derf) wasn't feeling well and started cursing out Jeffrey Dahmer. At that exact moment, all the power and backup generators cut out and Alex immediately started yelling out apologies. He said he felt like he was being haunted as he tried to sleep that night. See more »

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Near the start of the film, someone wears a Stagecrafters shirt - which is an acting group run by the mother of the Dave Dahmer actor. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Dahmer: I have to pick up road kill, but I'm trying to quit.
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References Three's Company (1976) See more »

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Boogie On Up
Written by Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington
Performed by Rokotto
Courtesy of Platform Music Group
By arrangement with State Records
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SPAZ
13 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Not a comedy. I repeat, this is not a comedy.

Also of note for the squeamish set: no serial killing here, just the seemingly mundane life of a high school misfit. Jeffery Dahmer is a mopey, four-eyed moptop, shuffling through adolescence, dealing with a fractious household in the bland and brown seventies.

Of course we all know how this plays out, and that ominous shadow creates a vicious tension throughout this excellently unsettling film. Collecting and dissolving road kill in his makeshift shed lab, is certainly cause for concern, but it is Dahmer's awkward interactions with his peers, family, and authority figures, that bring the shivers. We know there is an explosion coming, but we just don't know how or when.

Based on a graphic novel by a high school chum, "My Friend Dahmer" focuses on the usual tribulations of teenagers searching to belong. Either bullied (nasty) or ignored (worse), Dahmer gains a strange semblance of attention by spazzing out in school. If fake epileptic convulsions means popularity, then so be it.

Former Disney star Ross Lynch brings a perfect blend of desperation and dread to the complicated lead. He has issues, but what outcast teen doesn't? Among his many quirks, Dahmer's seemingly innocuous interest in a neighbourhood jogger (a running theme throughout) is one hell of a creepy sequence, even though nothing comes of it. We see a series of small events that may point to the evolution of a monster, or to a weirdo biology major. There's a fork in this road!

This all foreplay movie succeeds brilliantly because it plays the audience, who for once, are itching to spoil the ending.


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