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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Davis Brown ... Freshman Boy (as Zac Brown)
Lily Kozub 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 award-winning graphic novel. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In a classroom scene, John Backderf is wearing a T-shirt from The Bank, a legendary punk and new wave venue in Akron's famous underground music scene of the late 1970s and early 80s, and the setting of Backderf's graphic novel "Punk Rock and Trailer Parks". However, during the time line of "My Friend Dahmer", The Bank was a high end jazz club; the punkish logo seen on the T-shirt came later. See more »

Goofs

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

Lionel Dahmer: You need to be more normal!
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Connections

Version of Dahmer (2002) See more »

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Another Lonely Night
Written and Performed by Len Boone
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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A Coming of Age Story of a Serial Killer
4 November 2019 | by mikayakatntSee all my reviews

A compelling character study over a tragic figure.

Too many movies focus on serial killers when they start committing murders. Not as often we see movies that help us see how they grow into monsters. It's an interesting perspective.

One can't help but feel sympathy for young Dahmer. Dahmer's parents were always fighting, adults neglected him, and he never received the help he needed. This movie does not excuse Dahmer's murders. Yet, this does paint a fuller picture of the monster in the headlines.

I enjoyed the extensive detailing and how close this movie followed reality. Even after reading the novel, I noticed how true-to-detail the movie stayed.

Setting made me feel as if I was in the 70s. Acting was superb and phenomenal. Some points I didn't even realize I was watching a movie.

I give this a 4.5/5. Story can move a bit slow but I was so interested that I read the book after. I highly recommend both as these present a window into Dahmer's tormented soul.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2018 (France) 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

Gross USA:

$1,361,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,436,751
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2.39:1
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