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My Friend Dahmer (2017)

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A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Director:

Marc Meyers

Writers:

Marc Meyers, John Backderf (based on the book My Friend Dahmer by) (as Derf Backderf)
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Davis Brown ... Freshman Boy (as Zac Brown)
Lily Kozub ... Freshman Girl
Ross Lynch ... Jeff Dahmer
Vincent Kartheiser ... Dr. Matthews
Alex Wolff ... John 'Derf' Backderf
Adam Kroloff Adam Kroloff ... Mr. Burlman
Anne Heche ... Joyce Dahmer
Brady M.K. Dunn Brady M.K. Dunn ... Bossy (as Brady Dunn)
Michael Ryan Boehm Michael Ryan Boehm ... Shorty (as Michael Ryan)
Dallas Roberts ... Lionel Dahmer
Liam Koeth ... Dave Dahmer
Tommy Nelson ... Neil
Harrison Holzer ... Mike
Cameron McKendry ... Moose
Jake Ingrassia 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

My Friend Dahmer See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,545, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,355,664, 25 February 2018
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Trivia

My Friend Dahmer was filmed in Jeffery Dahmer's actual childhood home in Bath, Ohio. Revere High school he went to was going to be used for the movie as well, but the school rejected the offer. See more »

Goofs

When Jeff gets kicked out of a supermarket for goofing off, several modern cars pass by from outside. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Matthews: You seem healthy to me
Jeffrey Dahmer: What about what's on a patient's mind?
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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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Written by Tony Kinsey
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Somewhat slow but powerful all the same, and full of brilliant performances
20 November 2017 | by Larry-115See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Derf's graphic novel about his teen experiences in the late '70s with Jeff Dahmer -- as a result I had mixed feelings about a film version. On the one hand, I was excited, but on the other was quite curious how the relatively brief story could be turned into a feature length film.

In terms of storytelling, the movie works. Yes, as a reader of the graphic novel may have suspected, the pace ends up being a bit slow, but it's still compelling stuff -- the viewer is there just as Dahmer arrives at a fork in the road of his life. Which way will he take? Will he end up just being an eccentric, or will he take that other, infinitely darker road?

We all know the answer, and of course the movie has a strong tragic element to it. It's all the more tragic -- for Dahmer's victims and their families, but also for Dahmer himself -- when we see that there was just enough to the guy ... just enough potential ... to make him possibly go the other way.

At times watching the movie can be tough going, but not for the reasons you might think. Watching a kid as painfully awkward and then as deeply depressed as Dahmer go through the torture of Middle American high school can be truly excruciating, all the more so because it seems to be happening in slow motion, like watching a car crash. But make no mistake -- it is absorbing human drama, quite unique in our age of comic book heroes and lurid reality TV.

Even if you don't particularly like slow-burn drama, see the movie anyway, for the performances. Lynch doesn't say a lot but he's truly engrossing to watch. Anne Heche is virtually unrecognizable as Dahmer's mother skating along the lip of sanity -- her manic performance is brilliant and unforgettable. And as usual Dallas Roberts impresses as Dahmer's father.

Highly recommended -- but don't go expecting a serial killer flick.


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