TICKLED IS A THRILLING TESTAMENT TO OUR NEED TO EXPLORE THE WEIRD (REVIEW)
The odds have it that you have not harbored a longstanding fascination with the sport of competitive tickling. It’s damn near certain that you’ve never participated in, spectated, read up on, or—hell, let’s be frank—even heard of the pastime or its bizarre subculture before happening upon notice of David Farrier’s new documentary Tickled. And I’d venture to guess that it wasn’t so much with an open embrace but a cautious shudder that you endured this late introduction to the competitive tickling netherworld… though maybe I’m just projecting. Unfamiliar, alienating, and almost intrinsically uncomfortable, competitive tickling the sort of subject matter that you can’t imagine anyone having asked to see a movie about. And yet, here we are.
Why we, platonic ideals of the untickled body politic, would bother to engage with a documentary like journalist Farrier’s directorial debut boils down to a question of the human condition… or maybe just a bit of a cop out answer: curiosity. Clean, twisted, hungry human curiosity. The kind that only grows and quickens the stranger, more confusing, and less traversable its subject becomes. It’s the fuel of not only any given viewing of Tickled, but the movie’s very creation.read more