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  • In Our Miss Brooks, the cinematic finale to the series of the same name, one of these finally prompts Phillip Boynton to propose to Connie Brooks.
  • The film version of Grease:
    • Sandy begins seeing Tom to provoke Danny, and dumps him as soon as Danny asks her to the big dance.
    • Kenickie brings Cha-Cha to the dance after a fight with Rizzo, while Rizzo brings the leader of the rival street gang in a counter-effort to provoke Kenickie.
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    • Cha-Cha, for her part, cuts into Danny and Sandy's dance, which causes Sandy to storm out—after Rizzo has already done so due to seeing Kenickie with Cha-Cha.
  • Love Before Breakfast 's two main characters, Kay and Scott, both do this to each other.
  • In Gone with the Wind, Scarlett marries a random man to try to make Ashley jealous. The main reason it doesn't work was because Ashley wasn't all that into Scarlett in the first place and was actually already in love with someone else.
  • In Sky High (2005), Layla started a fake relationship with Jerk with a Heart of Gold Warren Peace in order to annoy Will. Warren, who thought Will was a prick, was happy to oblige, but ended up getting sick of Layla clinging to him and talking Will into asking her out.
    Warren: Dude, you are so stupid. She's totally into you.
    Will: Not after tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if Layla or any of the other guys never talked to me again.
    Warren: You must've been a real jerk, because no matter what I do, I can't get them to stop talking to me.
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  • In The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Thomas the Gentleman Thief likes Catherine the Hot Detective, but he doesn't know if he can trust her. So, he lets photos leak of him dating a supermodel to see if he gets a rise out of Catherine. It does. They hook up.
  • The main characters of Drive Me Crazy form a fake relationship to make the people who dumped them jealous. Predictably, by the end of the film they can both have their respective love interest, but they no longer want them and have fallen for each other.
    "So who are we making jealous this time?"
  • In The Empire Strikes Back, Leia kisses Luke on the mouth to invoke jealousy on Han's part. Squick ensues in Return of the Jedi.
  • The female protagonist of Two Can Play That Game institutes her "Ten Day Plan" involving this trope to bring her man "back in line". Meanwhile, her man's best friend urges him to do the same. Naturally, both plans backfire, and they have to have an honest conversation in order to get back together.
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  • In Sgt Bilko, After Bilko ditches his fiancee at the altar for the second time, she gives him one chance to marry her within a month, after which she's done with him. Deciding to mess with Bilko in every way, Major Thorne starts hitting on her and takes her out a few times. Discovering this, Bilko has one of his soldiers dress as a woman and go to the same restaurant where Thorne and his fiancee are at. Naturally, she isn't stupid and recognizes it for what it is (not to mention only a blind man would think that the soldier was really a woman) and reveals that she was doing the exact same thing to Thorne.
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, after Scott dumps Knives for Ramona, Knives puts blue highlights into her hair (since Ramona subscribes to the You Gotta Have Blue Hair philosophy), starts dressing more like Ramona, and begins to date Young Neil, all to be close to Scott and make him jealous. It doesn't work, although Scott does freak out when Todd punches Knives so hard her highlights fall off. In the end, though, she pulls an I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy, so that Scott can be with Ramona (in an alternate scene, he stays with Knives).
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: It's not explicitly spelled out, but it's likely that Katrina is engaging in this with Ichabod to mess with Bram Bones.
  • In To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Peter proposes fake dating Lara Jean because he wants to make Genevieve, who has just broken up with him, jealous.
  • In Submarine, Oliver and Jordana's relationship starts with her kissing him and distributing photos of the act to the whole school in order to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. It doesn't really work, and Jordana ends up sticking with Oliver instead.
  • In Wayne's World, Wayne's ex-girlfriend Stacy at first doesn't seem to understand that they have broken up, and once she does, she drags a random guy up to the roof of a club to make out where Wayne can see them. Wayne, however, is up there with his new love interest Cassandra, and honestly couldn't care less. He and Cassandra discuss the situation (in Chinese).

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