Popular horror films such as “Hereditary” and “It Follows” have embraced an apparently more sophisticated style in recent years, combining social and psychological drama with a slick visual aesthetic. However, having these components does not make you a winner. For example, “False Positive,” a slick new Hulu series that wants to be a modern-day “Rosemary’s Baby,” but ultimately falls somewhere between bland and perplexing. “False Positive,” directed by John Lee and written with Ilana Glazer, his “Broad City” partner and the film’s lead, investigates the dark side of pregnancy in the age of reproductive treatments.
However, in order to avoid more difficulties, she is compelled to undergo “selective reduction,” which would either kill her male twins or her single girl. She picks the girl against Hindle’s advice and her husband’s wishes, setting in motion what may or may not be a plot to steal control of Lucy’s pregnancy from her. It is a horrible truth that women continue to lack authority over their own bodies. But, trapped between the urge to lampoon an upper-crust milieu of would-be parents and the need to show a complicated mental breakdown, Lee and Glazer unleash a watered-down and oftentimes contradictory critique of, well, everything — white liberals, the health-care system, and so on. IMDB