Entertainment ‘Tickled’ review: Documentary by David Farrier is no laughing matter The documentary "Tickled" began when New Zealand journalist David Farrier launched a probe into the subculture. Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures By Robert Levin firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Updated June 16, 2016 6:31 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The online world of “competitive endurance tickling,” in which tickle fetish videos are framed as a “sport,” is of course a deeply strange one. But as far as weird things on the internet go, on the surface at least, it doesn’t rank very highly. The documentary “Tickled” began when New Zealand journalist David Farrier launched a probe into this subculture and transformed into something entirely different when his first inquiries to production company Jane O’Brien Media resulted in a stream of threats and homophobic invective in return. The less said about the ensuing revelations the better; it’s a journey into dark recesses of manipulation and harassment, with one hard-to-believe turn after another. The movie fascinates precisely because Farrier (and co-director Dylan Reeve) have a steadfast refusal to surrender when some unsettling, bullying behavior is directed their way. In unpacking the labyrnthine racket behind these relatively benign videos, they reveal something deep and fundamental about the importance of preserving journalism’s most fundamental mission: seeking the truth. TickledDocumentary directed by David Farrier, Dylan ReeveRated RPlaying at Landmark Sunshine Cinema By Robert Levin email@example.com @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.