My Friend Dahmer

Adapted from a graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this arty docudrama considers the life of cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer when he was an awkward adolescent in late-70s suburban Ohio. Dahmer is played by former Disney Channel star Ross Lynch, and writer-director Marc Meyers seems to relish the perverse spectacle of this fresh-faced performer cast as a budding psychopath. The film doesn’t provide much psychological insight into the young Dahmer; instead it raises open-ended questions about the nature of exploitation and what turns a human being into a monster. A major plot development concerns a group of smart-aleck classmates who make Dahmer their mascot, and in their sick fascination with him they become stand-ins for the audience. With Anne Heche.