Who doesn’t love a good list? Well, here’s a list of my favorite five movies in which a character, or characters, smokes a pipe. Enjoy!
#5: Austenland (2013)
Cute, quirky, and fun to watch – that’s how I’d describe this comedy starring Keri Russell, JJ Feild, and Jennifer Coolidge. In the movie, Keri Russell plays a woman who is obsessed with everything Jane Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice. So, she spends her life’s savings to go to a Jane Austen themed experience in England in hopes of finding her Mr. Darcy. The whole movie is fun, but Jennifer Coolidge’s character is a riot. In fact, she’s the one who pulls out a bent billiard and starts lunting away! (I presume the character thinks that this is just something one did back in that era.) The scene, and therefore the actual lunting, isn’t very long, nor is it ever really emphasized; I just found it to be a fun addition to an already fun movie. Comedy, Romance. Rated PG-13.
#4: Larry Crowne (2011)
Starring favorites Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, this sweet comedy centers on a middle-aged man who reinvents himself after losing his job. This is another cute flick similar to Austenland, but Cedric the Entertainer’s character is almost never seen without his pipe. By the looks of it, the pipe is a bent brandy (maybe?) and possibly a Peterson. Either way, the character lunts while peddling his wares in his daily yard sale. Written and directed by Tom Hanks, it may not rank as one of Tom’s nor Julia’s top films, but it’s still a heart-warming and well written story with fun and memorable characters. I enjoy this movie a lot. Comedy, Drama, Romance. Rated PG-13. On Netflix.
#3 Sherlock Holmes (2009) & Game of Shadows (2011)
While I love the BBC series Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, these movies are actually set more in the original time frame of the books, and they actually show Mr. Holmes lunting it up. Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams are three more of my favorite actors, and they play well in these movies. I’ve read most, if not all, of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and I love this retelling. Though I list both movies, I can recall more lunting scenes in the first one; however, I believe I enjoy the second one more overall. They both rank in my top 20 (if I were to have such a list), and they certainly rank highly here in this list. I’ve even tried looking up what pipe Sherlock smokes in the first movie, but I’ve found conflicting answers. Action, Adventure, Crime. Rated PG-13.
#2 Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Okay, this isn’t technically a movie, it’s a TV mini-series that originally aired on the History Channel. But, if number one on this list pushed me over the edge to try pipe smoking, this series lit the fire to smoke shorter pipes. Kevin Costner’s (another favorite) Devil Anse Hatfield smokes a nice little number in several scenes throughout the series. Other characters smoke as well, but it was this character that caught my attention. In fact, his pipe has inspired its own model – the devil anse. It’s a shorter pipe with a forward canter to the bowl. I’ve seen a few online, but most are $100 or more. I have found a corn cob version (in the teens, not hundreds), but I have to wait for one to actually be in stock somewhere; they’re that popular! The story of this series obviously centers on the blood feud between the two families after the Civil War. Well acted, well written, well scored, and well lunted. Drama, History, Romance. Rated TV-14. On Netflix.
#1 The Hobbit (2012, 2013, 2014) & Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)
Six movies share the top spot on this list, because I have a hard time breaking up trilogies. Obviously, The Lord of the Rings came out first, but it was in watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D five times in two days that sparked the desire to actually try pipe smoking. The movies are based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien, an avid pipe smoker himself, and follow the adventures of Bilbo (pipe smoker), Frodo (pipe smoker) and Gandalf (pipe smoker) along with other hobbits, dwarfs, elves, men, and wizards (all of whom seem to smoke a pipe at some point in the story). Such an epic tale of good vs. evil. Truth is, when I first saw the trailer for The Fellowship of the Ring, I din’t know anything about the story. I thought it looked like witches and wizards and of the devil. Then I learned about Tolkien and his faith, and how he was instrumental in the conversion of C.S. Lewis. So, I gave the first movie a try, immediately bought and read the book (with all three volumes), and wept and cheered and loved every word of it. Now, we tend to play the LOTR trilogy around Christmas time every year, and I’ll stick the first Hobbit movie in every now and then just to hear the music. I love the score to these movies. Sometimes I’ll lunt to the soundtrack. Corny, I know, but I feel as if I’m in the Shire with them. Adventure, Fantasy. Rated PG-13.
So, those are my current favorite movies in which a character, or characters, smokes a pipe. I know there are plenty of others out there; do you have any favorites?