June 19, 2015 Stink!

Goolander: ‘hair gel’ ingredients to be revealed at Film Festival?


In the summer of 1998, “There’s Something About Mary” premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Since then, viewers from around the world have wondered what the white gooey ‘hair gel’ was on Ted’s (Ben Stiller) ear and why the ‘goo’ made Mary’s (Cameron Diaz) hair stand up on end. But the ingredients in the gooey hair gel, like many personal care product ingredients, are a closely guarded trade secret; companies don’t want us to know what’s inside these products.

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We’re pleased to announce that “Stink!” is an official selection at the 2015 Rhode Island Film Festival.

What you’ll see in “Stink!” may cause your hair to stand up higher than Mary’s. This alarming documentary takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress. Follow director Jon Whelan as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical and personal care industry.

Get ready, Rhode Island: the secret of the white gooey ‘hair gel’ may finally be revealed! The Rhode Island Film Festival is August 4-9, 2015. See you there.