After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company.
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People are bizarre, people are strange, people are us. I get it: if I had that much money and that much free time, I would invest on my fetishes as well - less the "manipulative bitchness" part. Farrier conducts his movie with newsmaking hand, and it kinda ruins the impact of its ending. With more emotion and a little bit more storytelling skills this could have been Catfish good.
Although straightforward and bland in style, this doc falls squarely in the WTF? category. The tickling fetish is a bit weird, but ok, not passing judgment on a harmless fetish, however when it starts to involve threats, intimidation and harassment of participants lured into it by financial need, then it becomes apparent that this isn't about a tickling fetish. It's about how the rich and powerful abuse their power.
Wow, yeah, I've heard that this movie is deeply weird one but it transcended my expectation drastically. "Tickled" depicts that one's desire (with exuberant wealth) gradually turns into vomittingly malicious & beyond-imagination-ly ginormous system which overrides and exploits many people. Every 5 minutes, I said "What the F**k." Enthralling documentary with suprisises making me dread.
A film which brings you in under certain auspices and then completely flips your expectations. It leaves you feeling wildly upset about the world by the end, knowing that certain abusive things go on and that there seems to be little to be done to stop them.
(VAGUE SPOILER) Even if this isn't real (and I'm gun-shy even after all these years from watching that fake p.o.s. CATFISH) it's a fascinating portrait of a mentally ill person with unlimited resources and a sly parable about the grotesque impunity of the 1%. I've read criticisms that its mystery is obvious, but certain plot monkey wrenches kept me guessing. Its ending is abrupt. I wanted to know MUCH more.