SEDUCTION THEORY is a darkly comic coming of age story of a boy, his psychiatrist father and the girl he can’t get out of his mind.

Produced by Oscar nominees and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winners Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan. Written and directed by Ascher, whose childhood bed was his father’s former psychiatric couch.

Starring Tony nominee Michael Cumpsty, Georgia Lyman and Christian Goodwin.

20 minutes.  A West City Films production.



Count the great short films on your fingers. The usual mistake is that they are too ambitious for the brief length, but what if the ambition actually succeeds? I am jubilant about Steven Ascher’s extraordinary Seduction Theory, 20 minutes of jam-packed fictionalized autobiography based on his childhood as the bed-wetting son of an abrasive, egotistic, very famous Freudian psychoanalyst. The story is immediately compelling, and the unusual way it is told is even better, gorgeously shot by Stephen McCarthy, beautifully edited by Jeanne Jordan, and with acting almost shockingly good. A wise work, and such a pleasurable work. And funny! – Gerald Peary, Film Critic


The film is wonderful.  Such an adroit mixture of wit, seriousness and invention!  Really terrific. – Alfred Guzzetti, Filmmaker 


This short film is a little gem. Funny, mysterious, painful, intelligent — and ultimately very rewarding. It’s amazing how great a story can be told in such a short period of time. I highly recommend this to anyone who was ever a kid. – Whit, Amazon Customer 


“Oh, my God! — Seduction Theory is so great! So funny, so smart, so ingeniously constructed, so packed!  I love the range of gags and the sheer amount of honesty in the writing. It’s rather incredible how much emotional diversity you get in this film, how lived-in and detailed the characters are. Beautifully acted and shot, too — this really has it all. The film achieves something perfect when gets you laughing while you have a lump in your throat.” – Guy Maddin, Director


Says more than films 10 times its length. A profound meditation on childhood, psychiatry, love, subtle forms of abuse, the nature of time. A truly original short film with a really engaging young actor who manages to carry the whole philosophical weight of it..” – Loukas S, Amazon Customer


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Platinum Remi Award Worldfest Houston


Austin Int. Film Festival - Official Selection



Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner

Christian Goodwin, Emily Lazarro & Michael Cumpsty in Seduction Theory film

Ariel Bavly in Seduction Theory film

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Christian Goodwin & Ariel Bavly in Seduction Theory film

Christian Goodwin in Seduction Theory film

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