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Tickled (2016)

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Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Farrier ... Himself
Dylan Reeve Dylan Reeve ... Himself
Marko Realmonte Marko Realmonte ... Himself
Kevin Clarke Kevin Clarke ... Himself
Adam Adam ... Himself
T.J. Gretzner T.J. Gretzner ... Himself, former tickle competitor (as TJ)
Richard Ivey Richard Ivey ... Himself, tickle fetishist
David Starr ... Himself (as Dave Starr)
Anne James Anne James ... Herself, radio host, KSEN / K96 (voice) (archive footage)
Alden Alden ... Himself, former tickle video performer
Hal Karp Hal Karp ... Himself, journalist 1992-2007
Debbie Scoblionkov Debbie Scoblionkov ... Herself, journalist 1981-2006
Jordan Schillaci Jordan Schillaci ... Himself
Lance Roberts Lance Roberts ... Himself (voice)
David D'Amato David D'Amato ... Himself, aka Terri Tickle aka Terri DiSisto aka Jane O'Brien aka Jane J. O'Brien aka Debbie Kuhn
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Storyline

David Farrier, a New Zealand pop cultural reporter whose story subjects often verge into the bizarre, believes he's found his next story when he stumbles across an online video on the world of competitive endurance tickling, a sport where the participants, with hands and feet tied down, are tickled for as long as they can endure. Participants are flown to Los Angeles first class, paid $1,500, and put up for four nights in a luxury hotel. Suitable participants are deemed to be younger, muscular males. The event is held on a monthly basis. In contacting the organizers, US-based Jane O'Brien Media, via their popular Facebook page to arrange for an interview, David receives a return message from one of their representatives, Debbie J. Kuhn, declining the offer, the message a homophobic rant largely against David. In that message, Debbie asserts that the competition is wholly a heterosexual athletic activity, she who does not appreciate what will be David's assumed gay bent on the story as... Written by Huggo

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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csiklandozás életre-halálra See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,898, 19 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$612,816, 25 September 2016
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1.85 : 1
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A number of subjects from the film attended a screening and Q&A with co-director Dylan Reeve in Los Angeles. The very unusual Q&A was streamed live on Facebook and involved legal threats and warnings of potential criminal charges for the filmmakers by the film's subjects. See more »

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David Farrier: I started this journey curious about a bizarre sport called Competitive Endurance Tickling. But I now think this was never even about tickling... This is about power, control and harassment. It's about one person's twistedness, and how far that can go. One person, who has managed to shelter himself with money to keep his obsession going. But now, it's his life exposed. For once, it's him on camera.
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Absolutely Riveting
13 July 2016 | by kc99281See all my reviews

Excellent debut for Dylan.

Went in expecting a ho-hum doc about a strange subculture. Instead, this film impressed at every turn with it's sophisticated handling of a strange and complicated story. Yes, as some readers have noted, it does not have a particularly surprising reveal, but that is not the point. The audience is taken on a twisty turn-y roller coaster which, unlike a carnival ride, only gets more dramatic towards the end.

Themes of power, control, exploitation remind the viewer why we have white-collar crime laws on the books. The men shown benefiting in this movie are scarier than any monster I've seen in film.

I guess that is sort of the Splash Mountain ride.


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