My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer

DVD - 2018
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A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.
"A warped wonder of a movie about a cannibalistic serial killer's awkward teenage years-it takes twisted to areas few have investigated."--Rolling Stone.
"This film is sensitively wrought. It's credible in its evocation of mid-'70s suburbia. The acting is excellent throughout, and Ross Lynch in the role of Dahmer elicits genuine sympathy for an increasingly lost but not yet monstrous soul."--New York Times.
"It sees Jeffrey Dahmer for what he was: a young man who could express himself only through the most hideous violence. Yet it shows you that what he had to express was real."--Variety.
Publisher: [United States] : FilmRise, ©2018.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (circa 107 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.

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gregarioushermit
Aug 15, 2018

Not worth your time.

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chakakant
Jul 23, 2018

it's been said that everyone should be tested before high school in this tough world. jeff should have been, and school shootings second that.

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fvrlfellow
Jul 23, 2018

Perhaps my expectations were too high to begin with...but this move really seems to plod on. Some parts did not quite make sense and the pacing was a little too slow. It seems the director took a think script and tried stretching it to fit a full length movie. The result is a movie with more potential than actual impact. A bit of a disappointment.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 22, 2018

Interesting view of the early years before a young man becomes a serial killer. The film lacks psychological information as to what really made him become a killer.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jul 10, 2018

Very similar to the Graphic Novel it was based on.

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lemons
Jun 21, 2018

Such a boring movie. I wasn't even going to watch the whole thing, but I kept hoping it might get better. It Never did. It was so bad, I'm not even sure why they made it.

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jimg2000
Jun 06, 2018

An underwhelming coming-of-age tale of a monster who began his killing spree of men at 18 soon after his High School graduation and inside his boyhood home. The drama portrayed a troubled high school clown who was annoying at times but showed no record/sign of violence other than inference from being a drinker and his unusual hobby in collecting roadkill and animal skeletons. A curiosity watch but learned nothing new except that it was filmed in Dahmer’s actual childhood home in Bath Township, Ohio.

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mswrite
May 16, 2018

Disney star Ross Lynch shows his versatility as the teenage Jeffrey Dahmer, a lonely, troubled outsider struggling to navigate his 70s suburban high school and fractured, unhappy family life. His parents' marriage is a war zone, his father worn down by regrets about his own life and (especially) the combative, erratic behavior of his mentally ill wife. At school he is the weirdo outcast, either ignored or the butt of jokes.

Dahmer's strange ticks and twitches (begun initially to mock his mom's handicapped new beau) captures the perverse imagination of several peers (including and especially budding hipster artist John "Derf" Backderf, author of the graphic novel upon which this film is based) who accept him into their circle as a kind of mascot. Backderf is both fascinated and repelled by Dahmer, drawing endless pictures of him in his notebooks. He senses something is off about Jeff, yet goads him into an increasingly bizarre series of pranks, some of which backfire.

But his friends are not really friends and Dahmer knows this. His isolation and deeply repressed sexuality grow apace with his slide into depression and madness, and his final moments alone with Backderf, soon off to college is filled with creepy foreboding. (Backderf's guilty uneasiness was clearly the warning that saved his life when a desperate Jeffrey invites him in for a beer.)

The film ends as Dahmer's killing spree begins. We never see the carnage; we don't have to. We glimpse the handsome face of the unfortunate Steven Hicks, the first victim. Hitchhiking, he gratefully slides into the passenger seat of Dahmer's car. He is never seen alive again.

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hipchick07
May 07, 2018

I thought this movie was slow and lame.

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Lucik32
Apr 24, 2018

Well, why would anyone want to watch this movie? Because abnormal psychology and to me especially psychopathy is fascinating. For people with major in psychology this could be an interesting watch.
Jeffrey Dahmer was diagnosed with sexual paraphelias including necrophelia, cannibalism, exhibitionism, pedophelia, depression, substance abuse (alcohol,) and possibly Asperger’s Syndrome and Borderline personality disorder, personality disorder unspecified, with schizoid, antisocial and schizotypal features. He was the most horrifying serial killer in the USA history and got into our classrooms.
Many disorders is very hard to detect and there is no cure for many of them. If we were able to intervene in the childhood of those people, we could prevent many murders from happening. Therefore, movies like this are necessary!
This movie was filmed about Dahmer's childhood prior his killings. I wish at his time more was known about the mental disorders, Dahmer's parents and classmates paid attention to his odd behavior so he would have been stopped.
I was very excited to get hands on this film. I could actually barely wait to watch it! I enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the book written by Dahmer's classmate.
It is very tragic to see how little we can give to our children. Dysfunctional families, no connection between a parent and a child....it is easy more than you think to create a monster.
The movie ends when Dahmer picks up his first human victim. He was only eighteen years old.
A good watch!

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jul 10, 2018

Sexual Content: Masturbation

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Violence: Towards animals and implied intent towards humans

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