My Friend Dahmer

Synopsis: A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.
Director(s): Marc Meyers
Production: FilmRise
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Is it a person?


Is this person living?


Is this person famous?

Sort of.

Would I know this person?


Is this person a boy?


Does this person live

anywhere near here?


Hey, who was that?

Why are you standing?

Hey kid, get in your seat.

Get in your seat.

(Speaking with speech

We could frame

this whole wall of windows

with drapes.

Oh... oh that's...

that's an idea.


What are you doing home?

I thought you were at tennis.

Mom, I told you,

tennis season is over.


Oh sorry, Jeff.

This is Mr. burlman.

He's my new interior designer.

Jeff, this is... this is Mr...

Mr. burlman.


to meet you, Jeff.

Don't... don't...

don't be alarmed by that.

- It's just a little...

- palsy.

- Palsy.

- Yeah.

Just a little palsy.

Don't you do that.

He's a very talented designer.


I heard that, Mrs. dahmer.

Thank you very much.

These windows...

super talented.


Have I told you I found these

very sort of Lacy drapes?

Oh, I don't know...


Come on, I don't want

to miss monty python.


know what I mean?

Say no more, say no more.

Hey dahmer, what's in the bag?

Dead cat?

Well, I'm

going to dissolve it.


In some acid.


So full of crap.

Where did you get acid?

My dad's a chemist.

Got my hands on it easy.

Yeah right.

Well, come see if

you don't believe me.

The acid's kind of weak,

so takes about a month

for the flesh to dissolve.

Why are you doing this?

I like bones.

It interests me what's inside.

This is a bunch of bull crap.

Dead animals, acid.

Bet these jars are full of

nothing but muddy water.

Found this about a

month ago on Hampton road.

The flesh is almost

completely dissolved now.

Yeah right.

God, dahmer, you

are such a freak.

How was your day, dad?

Oh, uneventful.

Mr. demison read more

from Charlotte's web today...

is there a stronger

chemical I can use?

Something that works faster?

About the hut, Jeff...

let your brother talk!

Go ahead.

It's about a spider

that talks to a pig

named wilbur, who's going to

be slaughtered by a butcher.

Oh my, well, let

me think on that, Jeff.

Uh uh, let your

brother have the leg.

But he...

I like the dark meat.


plenty of white meat.

Give the leg to your brother.

Ah, it looks delicious.

How about...

so uh... how was...

what, tennis Jeff?

Tennis ended a week ago.

But I have a chance to

be second in singles.

Next year.

Well, I don't

know, next year maybe

you should, you know,

take up a team sport.

The potatoes.

...Or join a club.

I'm bringing

the potatoes!

Well, I'm in

marching band at school.

I know, but

I just... new things

offer new opportunities

for friends.

And friends, yeah, are our

connection with this world.

Um, mom?

Chicken's red inside.

Oh, no it's not.

Yes, Joyce it is.


Well, you

don't like my cooking?

No, that's...

that's what's

going on here,

you don't like my cooking?

Well that's ok, new house rule.

We eat our mistakes.

Do you want a potato?


That's what I thought.

Some people

appreciate my cooking.

Out of the way, dahmer.

Dumb ass.

Mr. John beckter.

You matched chloropods?

Yeah, we were just...

gather yourself.

Ms. bowles, come on.


Freaking bully.

Over there with Jeff.


Jeff, stay on the same slide,

give Mr. bekderf a look.


I'm going away this summer

to a wilderness camp,

but in exchange my dad

said I can get tickets

to the Neil sedaka concert.

He's my favorite.

I know.

Wanna go?

Um, sure.

Hey kid, you're in my spot.


Over here.



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Marc Meyers

Marc Meyers is an American feature film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his fourth feature film My Friend Dahmer and the previous How He Fell in Love. His first feature film was Approaching Union Square. Based on his stage monologues, this debut is a collage of eleven tales capturing thirty-something New Yorkers struggling to find love and connection in the big city. Among the elegantly drawn characters whose lives briefly intersect on a New York City bus are a tourist, an immigrant, a sex addict, and a woman who is newly awakened to her own psychic powers and senses imminent tragedy. The film had its International Premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival. Variety wrote, "thought-provoking... touches with skilled insight. Based on his stage work 'Love & Sex: Tales From the Trenches', reps a fine calling card for a clear, even voice in urban angst." It aired on Sundance Channel. Meyers then went on to write and direct the New York Times Critics Pick Harvest, starring Robert Loggia, Barbara Barrie, Jack Carpenter, Victoria Clark, Arye Gross, and Peter Friedman. The film portrays three generations of the Italian-American Monopoli family who come together one summer around the eventual passing of their patriarch, a WWII veteran. Gathered at the family home and around their beautiful shoreline town in Madison, Connecticut, years of resentment and betrayal within the family surface, and the grandson, a college-aged student, does his part to hold them all together, growing up in the process. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at various American film festivals, it had a limited theatrical release in 2011. Then it aired on Showtime. Meyers's third feature How He Fell in Love premiered at the LA Film Fest in 2015. The film revolves around Travis, a young struggling musician, who crosses paths with Ellen at a wedding. She's an older married yoga teacher who is trying to adopt a child with her husband. Travis and Ellen begin an affair that slowly deepens into something more intimate and profound. As their encounters continue, Ellen is confronted with her failing marriage while Travis must face the consequences of his actions. The film stars Matt McGorry, Amy Hargreaves, Britne Oldford, and Mark Blum. It was theatrically released by Orion Pictures and Monument Releasing in the summer of 2016. Meyers's fourth film, My Friend Dahmer, is based on the 2012 graphic novel of the same name by cartoonist John "Derf" Backderf, who had been friends with Jeffrey Dahmer in high school in the 1970s, soon before Dahmer began his killing spree. Dahmer is played by Ross Lynch, while Derf is played by Alex Wolff. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It's to be theatrically released in the fall of 2017 in North America by FilmRise, followed by Altitude Films in UK, and other territories. Meyers is a 1994 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in English and studied abroad at Oxford University. more…

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