Things get off to a promising start in “Guts,” which initially looks like an appealing mix of “Barton Fink” and “Play It Again Sam.” But tale about a screenwriter with a bad case of writer’s block comes undone by midway point. First-time feature helmer Ron Termaat can’t seem to decide if low-budget indie is light comedy or dark tragedy; result is occasionally entertaining but too uneven to sustain interest. It will at best snare some fest screenings.
Failed thesp Olivier (Viggo Waas) is trying to pen a screenplay so he can make a pic with his good pal Luc (Rick Engelkes). But he can’t overcome his obsession with such tough-guy movie icons as Alain Delon and Marlon Brando and, in turn, come to grips with the mundane reality of his life. He befriends a mysterious, alluring woman, Marielle (Alice Reys), and is tormented by the fact that he watched helplessly as her ex-boyfriend beat her up. After a light and frothy midsection, pic delivers an anguished finale. Despite the confusing ride, Waas is quite charming and Reys is memorable.