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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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Freshman Boy (as Zac Brown)
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Freshman Girl
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John 'Derf' Backderf
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Mr. Burlman
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Joyce Dahmer
Brady M.K. Dunn ...
Bossy (as Brady Dunn)
Michael Ryan Boehm ...
Shorty (as Michael Ryan)
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Dave Dahmer
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Neil
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Mike
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Moose
Jake Ingrassia ...
Gooch
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A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

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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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21 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Mój przyjaciel Dahmer  »

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$35,545, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

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$1,206,287, 14 December 2017
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2014 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

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Near the start of the film some one is wearing a shirt that says stagecrafters. Stagecrafters is a acting group run by the mother of the actor that played Dave Dahmer. See more »

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Lionel Dahmer: You need to be more normal!
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Somewhat slow but powerful all the same, and full of brilliant performances
20 November 2017 | by See 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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