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  • Major plot point in Disclosure. It turns out the false accusation Meredith made against Tom was merely a premeditated distraction to stall him and prevent him from finding out that she changed his specifications on the production line in Malaysia, which sabotaged the Cd-Rom drives due to her incompetence.
  • The Break-Up. Gary (Vince Vaughn) is watching a boxing match on TV. Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) walks over, goes to the fridge, gets a drink and walks back to her room all while naked. Cue the trope.
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  • In the sequel to National Treasure, Riley Poole is holding a bag full of indiscriminate (but obviously breakable) objects when a pretty girl walks by and asks for his autograph. He's so excited that he's finally recognized as himself (rather than as The Lancer to Ben), and a girl is actually paying attention to him, that he drops the bag immediately.
  • The Matrix has one of the most memorable examples in the "Woman in the Red Dress" scene. Morpheus and Neo are walking in a crowded part of the Matrix while Morpheus is instructing him that they can't trust anyone still plugged into the system. Neo is distracted by a gorgeous woman who strolls by in a red dress, and when Morpheus asks if he was paying attention and Neo looks back at her, she's turned into an agent about to kill him. Morpheus freezes the program, reveals it to be a test, and points out the message: Agents can be anyone.
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  • RoboCop (1987) provides a female-on-male example as Murphy and Lewis pursue a gang of crooks. Lewis catches one criminal urinating in a corner and holds him at gunpoint. He smugly puts his hands up and turns around (without pulling up his pants). Even though Lewis knows he's trying to distract her, she can't resist taking a peek downward. As soon as she does, the crook knocks her gun away.
  • In Superman III the slapstick opening credits are sparked off by someone ogling a super-hottie. And Disaster Dominoes, down they go.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha has a scene with the Mameha (Michelle Yeoh) teaching the protagonist, Sayuri (Zhang Ziyi) that a true geisha can stop a man with her eyes. She demonstrates and then asks Sayuri to do so, which Sayuri does to a passer by riding a bicycle, causing him to crash.
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  • The Naked Gun: In the second film, Frank fights an assassin who has come to kill Jane (who is in the shower). She hears the ruckus and pulls open the shower curtain to see what's up, whereupon both Frank and the Assassin stop in mid-grapple to stare.
  • Jayne Mansfield's character causes several accidents in a row in The Girl Can't Help It.
  • In Desperado, Salma Hayek's character, Carolina, is introduced by having her cause an accident at an intersection while crossing the street. She just smiles and keeps on walking.
  • A trailer for So Fine, a movie about someone who invented bottomless jeans, solely featured the various accidents befalling men who saw a woman walking down the street in them.
  • Happens briefly in It's a Wonderful Life. At one point, a nameless background male character turns his head to watch Violet walk and nearly gets hit by a car as a result.
  • In A Fish Called Wanda, barrister Archie Leach is so smitten by Wanda that he leaves his briefcase on top of his car as he drives off.
  • In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, when Ferris is running home in a desperate attempt to beat his parents there, he takes a shortcut through a backyard where two women are sunbathing. He stops, walks back and introduces himself.
  • Johnny English Reborn: What happened in Mozambique_ Johnny is sunbathing in the jaccuzi with a bikini-clad Honey Trap when the president was assassinated.
  • Ten: Dudley Moore is so distracted when a car bearing Bo Derek drives by that he drives right into another car. A police car.
  • Get Smart:
    • Even suave super-spies aren't immune to it. In the movie, Dwayne Johnson's Agent 23 is a paragon of what an agent should be. Yet he walks straight into a support pole when the sexy secretary smiles at him.
    • When Max and Agent 99 make the parachute drop into Russia, they are able to go unnoticed by the air marshal on-board because he's busy flirting with a female flight attendant.
    • Agent 99 using the Show Some Leg trick to get into a fancy party uninvited.
  • The old Cheech Marin film Born in East L.A. had a couple of gags where an especially attractive Latino woman (who was one of Cheech's garage customers in the movie) would make everyone else stop in their tracks and stare whenever she walked past.
  • In The Sweetest Thing, Cameron Diaz looking for a lipstick in a moving car causes a biker to crash.
  • Parodied in Undercover Brother. Undercover Brother is fighting with two mooks while White She-Devil and Sistah Girl are duking it out. When the cat fight turns into clothes-tearing and ends up in the shower, not only do the three men stop fighting, they set up seats and popcorn.
  • A rather serious example happens in Crocodile Dundee. While in the Outback, Sue convinces Mick to let her go out for a walk alone to prove to him that she can. He follows along from a short distance, because he doesn't think it's safe. Eventually, Sue gets a little careless and spellbound by the scenery, and strips down to her thong bathing suit by a pool, and Mick is a little distracted, bumping his head on a branch. (But fortunately not too distracted, as his concern turns out to be truer than he thought; a crocodile tries to grab at her, and he has to leap to her rescue.)
  • This happens a lot around Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, particularly in her movies. Men will often forget what they are doing just to get a look at Elvira and her... uh... assets. Some have even died while distracted by her sexiness.
  • The Police Academy gym is a dangerous place to be while Callahan is working out.
  • Back to the Future Part 1, when Marty McFly gets distracted by sexy women... while his girlfriend is right next to him. She doesn't seem too bothered, though.
  • Really happened while filming Captain America: The First Avenger when Agent Carter sees Cap's muscular body for the first time — Hayley Atwell completely forgot about filming and quite unintentionally groped Chris Evans' very real (and very impressive) pecs. The directors decided to Throw It In!.
  • Occurs during Bad Teacher when Elizabeth is seductively dousing herself in water and rubbing herself across a car when trying to raise money.
  • Happens at the beginning of Hot Shots! Part Deux where an attractive woman arrives to a Buddhist monastery where Topper Harley is hiding in order to recruit him for a rescue mission. A monk falls into a well while walking and staring at her. Later on, all monks line to up to show off their manliness.
  • A secretary (identified as such in the credits, the only female cast member listed) walking through the warehouse in Forklift Driver Klaus distracts the male workers enough to set off the final series of accidents resulting in the title character's death.
  • In the Jewel Robbery, it's how the Robber and his henchmen avoid interference with their heist: place attractive blondes on the street corners to distract policemen.
  • In the opening sequence of The Longest Day, a pair of French resistance fighters are smuggled past a German checkpoint hidden in a haycart, with a gorgeous woman wearing a skimpy peasant outfit making sure the guards don't pay too much attention to it.
  • Subverted in Fantastic Four (2005) where it appears that Reed is staring at Sue in her skin-tight outfit, but then ...
    Reed : Wow! Fantastic! Material made from self-regulating unstable molecules!
  • In The Mask, this is why Cameron Diaz's character is sent to meet the nerdy Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carey).
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  • The professors have this problem around Honey Swanson in A Song Is Born.
  • The Living Daylights. To distract Pushkin's bodyguard after an alarm is sounded, Bond forcibly strips Pushkin's girlfriend to her waist and has her stand topless facing the door as the guard enters. The guard walks in on the now topless woman, allowing Bond to get the drop on him and disable him.
    • This actually comes up quite a lot in Bond movies, especially invoked with the lead Bond Girl. It's cranked Up to Eleven in Octopussy, when the title character's all-women circus troupe invades the Big Bad's palace.
    • Inadvertent versions occur as well — in For Your Eyes Only Bond is able to sneak into a villain's Big Fancy House because one of his guards is secretly making out with one of his Paid Harem girls. In From Russia with Love, the Bulgarians kill a guard who's busy watching the Belly Dancer instead of doing his job.
    • Special mention must go to Vesper Lynd and her purple dress in Casino Royale (2006). Bond intends for her to enter behind him to distract his opponents from their cards. Instead, due to their Belligerent Sexual Tension up to that point, she decides to enter in plain view right in front of him, distracting him along with everyone else in the casino.
      Mathis: I suppose I don't have to tell you how beautiful you look. Half the people on that table are still watching you.
  • In Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac, JC's attractive female assistant distracts some border patrol guards by getting out of her car to ask where the toilet is, showing copious amounts of leg while at it.
  • In Weekend at Bernie's, shortly after Bernie's death, a young, blonde, busty woman comes into his house wearing a teeny bikini and asks the two male protagonists if they've seen Bernie. (She wants to know if the beach party is still on.) She has no idea that they - and the audience, most likely - are staring at her. (They clearly aren't used to beachgoers who dress like that.)
  • In What Planet Are You From?, a woman walks into a bank wearing a white dress that looks like a net, making her underwear visible. The employees start tripping and bumping into things.
  • In Rat Race, a woman flashes her breasts at the brothers Duane and Blaine, causing them to crash their car.
  • In The Lucky One, Beth is washing dishes when she looks out the window and sees Logan working in the yard. She's so distracted that she's scrubbing the same pot over and over again until her grandma snaps her out of it.
  • In Just My Luck, Ashley is doing laundry when Jake takes his shirt off in the other room. She's so distracted that she pours an entire box of detergent into the machine without noticing.
  • Swordfish. After Stanley sees Ginger bathing topless, he bumps into a table when he leaves.
  • In Mirror, Mirror, Prince Alcott keeps getting robbed and his clothes stolen. Snow White stares at him the first time. The Queen eventually screams, "Oh my God, can someone please get this man a shirt so I can concentrate!" Prince Alcott also gets distracted by Snow White in a lovely dress.
  • Man of Steel:
    General Swanwick: What are you smiling about, Captain?
    Captain Farris: I just think he’s kinda hot.
  • In Wargames, David can escape his holding cell because the guard is coming onto the secretary.
  • Part of the Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts scene in Ink involves a teenage skateboarder crashing into another person because he's distracted by the cleavage of a woman bending down to pick up some flowers.
  • We're the Millers: This is how Rose manages to get the drop on Pablo and save her "family" from being executed.
  • Attempted at the beginning of Cradle 2 the Grave by Daria during the heist, only the security guard turns out to be gay. Cue Anthony Anderson's character (who is supposed to be just the getaway driver) performing Daria's role. Apparently, the security guard is a chubby chaser.
  • In Neighbors, Mac notices that Kelly can't help but check out Teddy in his tank top.
  • In Femme Fatale this done to the audience. When Laure is sexing it up with Veronica, she takes the diamond studded "clothing" off and puts it on the ground... and then picks it back up and hands it to Veronica, who slides it behind her butt. Laure then pushes the fake back out to her partner. The director, rather gleefully, points out this all happens in plain view on the camera, but viewers were probably too distracted to notice.
  • Vernon in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), when struggling to control a speeding 18-wheeler down a steep mountainside. April leans out the window to try and capture footage of the Turtles fighting the Foot Clan, with her rear end prominently displayed.
  • Starsky & Hutch: Starsky and Hutch get very distracted while they're questioning a sexy cheerleader, for the very good reason that she strip naked before them, ready to take a shower. Their questions, the few they manage to mumble anyway, get farther and farther away from the investigation, including "What's your weight?"
  • In Under the Skin, an alien disguised as Scarlett Johansson drives around picking up men and taking them back to her place. They seem to be so distracted by the thought of performing a lewd act with her that they fail to notice that they are in a black void room. When the floor starts to swallow them up, it's too late.
  • Used as a therapy technique in The Marriage Chronicles. The three husbands are tasked to write twenty things they love about their wife. Then, the stripper enters. It works on two of the three men.
  • Jurassic World has Claire making her business shirt less cumbersome by removing her belt, tying up the front of the shirt and rolling up the sleeves so she's better adapted in helping Owen search for her missing nephews through the jungle. As she reveals a lot more skin in doing this, Owen stares at her for several seconds and she gets pretty miffed about it, giving a Death Glare in response.
  • Discussed in Ex Machina when Caleb asks if Nathan made Ava attractive and programmed her to flirt in order to distract him the way a magician uses his hot assistant to distract the audience. Nathan denies it and instead proposes that sexual attraction gives her reason to interact with humans but later reveals that he made Ava to be specifically attractive to Caleb so she would be better able to manipulate him.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: Charles Xavier can hardly think straight when he meets Moira MacTaggert again, and this is Played for Laughs.
  • Exploited in Bad Boys. Some carjackers send a hot girl to distract Mike and Marcus, after which they use their distraction to approach Mike's car and hold them at gunpoint.
  • The Hidden: When the evil alien is pulled over by the cops while wearing a stripper's body, it uses its "assets" to make them drop their guard before opening fire on them.
  • Harrison Ford completely distracts all women present whenever he walks through a scene in Working Girl. Needless to say this is completely believable.
  • In A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Luke is momentarily distracted upon seeing Katie naked expect for the door mat she's using to cover herself. He then promptly give her his jacket and proceeds to continuously, if subtly, check her out.
  • In Catch Me If You Can, Frank surrounds himself with very attractive flight attendants to get past the cops who are waiting for him at the airport. It works like a charm.
  • In The Replacements, the cheerleaders (composed of mostly strippers working a second job) start a routine you might see at their night jobs. The entire opposing team takes notice while setting up for the next play with every player being cited for a false start. The cheerleaders continue long enough for the opposing team's coach to beg the referees to get involved.
  • In Blue Is the Warmest Color, Adèle gets hit with this hard when she sees Emma for the first time while they're passing each other on the street. Adèle's jaw hits the floor and she stops smack dab in the middle of the intersection, and it takes at least two cars honking at her to remind her to get out of the road.
  • Played for Laughs in The Last Jedi. During an otherwise tense sequence, Rey uses her Force bond with Kylo Ren to demand an answer as to why he killed Han Solo. She trails off as she realizes that she barged in on Kylo in his chambers .... Shirtless. She is noticeably flustered throughout the scene.
  • Siren (2010): While driving, Ken is distracted by Rachel's legs (and higher) exposed by her Dangerously Short Skirt, to the point that he almost collides with a truck coming the other direction.
  • Invoked by Marian in The Music Man; she realizes that Charlie (the traveling salesman who wants to expose Harold Hill) is attracted to her, so she tries to keep his attention on her until he runs out of time to do anything but catch his train. (Unfortunately, Charlie decides that exposing Hill is more important than making his train.)
  • At a crucial moment in Tower Heist, Manuel distracts the security team by showing them a copy of French Playboy featuring one of the tenants.
  • In Bank Shot, Streiger is showing his team some old surveillance footage of Ballentine. The camera temporarily loses Ballentine when it swings away from him to focus on the cleavage of the woman walking next to him.
  • This is a weakness of Ken's in King of Thieves. While keeping lookout during the burglary, he is distracted by a woman in her lingerie in one of the buildings opposite. Later, when leaving the pool, he turns to follow the ass of an attractive woman walking past.