“Tickled” follows pop culture reporter David Farrier as his attempts at a quick feature story on competitive tickling turns into an expose on one wealthy family scion’s efforts to woo and later humiliate guys who get involved in the activity with heavy homoerotic undertones.
Farrier, who is openly gay, makes for a winning investigative hero as he unearths a trove of details on the history of tickling videos on the Internet and gets ever closer to the homophobic (or gay and self-loathing?) mastermind at the center of it all.
“Tickled” runs a bit too long (at 90 minutes) and proves slightly unsatisfying in its denouement. The new, 20-minute tack-on, “The Tickle King,” helps somewhat and offers new, necessary details.