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David Farrier & Dylan Reeve

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About the Movie

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. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 106
  • Fresh: 99
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The shocking truth is uncomfortably pursued to its fullest, and the result is a riveting piece of investigative journalism. – Darian Lusk, New York Observer, Mar 24, 2017

Fresh: Like the activity of its title, "Tickled" is funny until it most decidedly isn't. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 30, 2016

Fresh: These are really stories about power, shame, and the law. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 30, 2016

Fresh: It's fun, exciting, freakish filmmaking. – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jul 1, 2016

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Customer Reviews


I do not agree with the review by neoazra. David Paul D'Amato, the man featured in the documentary was the one proven in federal court in 2001 to have attempted to adversely affect people's lives. He was proven to have forged the email addresses of several college students in sending email-bombs to professors and in one case the university president to make it falsely appear that the student was committing the email-bombings. Many of the claims in the documentary are directly supported by the federal court documents, and Mr. D'Amato did indeed serve six months in federal prison as a result of these crimes, and the court documents show him plainly admitting that he did indeed do these things in direct connection with acquiring tickling videos. And plenty of the claims made about Jane O'Brien Media are solidly-documented in the film, so the film is nowhere even remotely close to a work of fiction.

It's fun, exciting, freakish filmmaking.

At times funny, at times disturbing, but always fascinating, Tickled is wildly entertaining documentary that excels due to the risks the filmmaker's were willing to take to get to the root of a problem more serious than its title would suggest.

Great Doc - suspense

The suspense will keep you drawn into the story. It's a wild ride.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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