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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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$1,128,766, 10 December 2017
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After 12 hours of filming, Ross would take a shower for 30+ minutes and just think about his dark role that he's portraying. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Matthews: You seem healthy to me
Jeffrey Dahmer: What about what's on a patient's mind?
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We Praise the Unusual
24 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Midwest is incubating a monster, and he's in every club photo. A slouched posture and taboo interests define the young Dahmer. Roadkill is his closest companion, and acids are his most trusted tools. A hunger for dark meat and classmate laughs, he stages spasms to build his brand.

John has watched Dahmer with a talent scout's eye, and he sees great potential. founding the Jeff Dahmer Fan Club, John perpetuates Dahmer's lewd antics. John aspires to illustrate comics one day, and chooses Dahmer as his flagship endeavor, utilizing the awkward gold that the future killer exudes.

Fishing twists into sinister explorations when Jeff reels a creature in, and animal traps feed a vacuous curiosity for the misplaced biologist. With a mother clawing into the household's fabric, and a lame duck father, Jeff loves both far too much and crumbles under the failings of his bearers.

A hunter in training without a trainer, Jeff is sloppy and overt. He spooks his first victims and broadcasts his desires in horn-rimmed eyes. Alcohol becomes the tether to reality, enabling him to traverse even the murkiest social waters. Jeff has no mentor for the science he wishes to pursue.

Meyers fails to unearth the psychology of criminal innovation. Relying heavily on pre-established lore and fanfare, nothing appears on the screen that shocks or entices further study. The cookie cutter high school friend plot might be factual, but it makes for an uninteresting lens on a rather interesting individual. No motive rises to the surface, and no transformation commands the trajectory of Dahmer's descent into homoerotic blood bathing.


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