From left, Olivia Wilde, Florence Pugh and Sydney Chandler star in “Don’t Worry Darling.”

There should be a word for a surprise that isn't really a surprise. An unprise? A surplunk?

Whatever the word is, that's happening in "Don't Worry Darling," Olivia Wilde's follow-up to her terrific "Booksmart." It's a big pivot from that raucous comedy. "Darling" is a dystopian chiller in which the most intriguing flourish is that instead of falling in line with recent dystopian fare such as "The Hunger Games" or "Divergent," it's more like '70s failed utopias such as "The Stepford Wives" or the Thomas Tryon novels "The Other" and "Harvest Home." Instead of a controlling government being the enemy, it's friends and neighbors who seem to be out to get our protagonist.

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