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6 Inspirational Movies and Shows to Fit Your New Year’s Resolutions

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After what seems like the year that would never end, we’ve finally made it to 2021. Maybe you nailed your resolutions last year, or maybe they fell by the wayside — either way, we’re here to help you feel inspired whether you’re looking to spend more time with family, travel, better the world, get ahead in your career or better yourself.

To help you get excited and stay motivated, we’ve paired some of the most common resolutions with some of the most inspirational movies and shows on Hulu to jump-start your journey into 2021.

If Your Resolution is Family Related:

If last year made you want to connect more with your family, you’re not alone. Even if you were quarantining together, you may feel like quality time was missing, or that all you did was argue whose turn it was to pick a movie.

Or, you may have found a family in people you never expected. Perhaps you find yourself thinking it takes appreciating the moments that make you a family, even the tough ones, not necessarily blood relationships. To keep the feel-good moments rolling, we suggest checking out Instant Family (2018).

This film follows Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) as they become foster parents for a teen girl (Isabela Moner) and her two younger siblings (Gustavo Quiroz and Julianna Gamiz). Watch this family on their journey to bond with their foster kids and the struggles they face through being parents. This is a mood-boosting movie that will make you realize that family comes down to those who care and love you, not a blood bond. Instant Family is a great movie to enjoy and make everyone appreciate the people who love them, whether they are blood or not.

Discover this and more family movies streaming now.

Watch: Instant Family on Hulu

If Your Resolution is Travel or Culture Related:

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A popular New Year’s goal for people year after year is to travel more, and 2020 definitely put a pin in that. But, that’s no reason to give up on your goal! This year, you can pick right back up where you left off and set your sights on the world you want to explore. Heck, you could even be inspired to travel within your own city and explore new experiences in your own town.

So what’s one of the best ways to get to know a city or culture? Food. After all, you can’t travel — let alone live — without eating.

Immerse yourself in the Hulu Original Eater’s Guide to the World and get your sense of wanderlust again. This series will take you on a flavorful journey off the beaten path and expose you to the authentic flavors of cities around the world. Explore unique experiences that locals and newcomers alike can fall in love with, all from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Watch: Eater’s Guide to the World

If Your Resolution is to Change or Make a Difference in the World:

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You are never too young, old, poor, rich or small to make a change in the world or your own life. No matter the feat, you can make a difference if you believe in yourself and the cause at hand.

If this year is the year you want to make a difference, or make your voice heard, then get started by watching the powerful story of a young girl whose voice made a big impact on the world around her.

The Hulu Original environmental documentary I Am Greta follows the journey of 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, a climate change activist. Greta believes she can inspire change in the world by speaking out and educating people on the importance of climate change. The story reminds us that we don’t have to wait for the right time to say or do things that are important to us—we just need to find the courage to share them.

Watch: I Am Greta

If Your Resolution is Career Oriented:

Whether you are looking to start your own business, grow your current one or make a big career move, it can be difficult to take the leap. There are so many things to think about, but sometimes all you need is a push to launch your career to the next level and follow your passions.

Check out Like a Boss (2020) for a comedy movie that will have you laughing and feeling energized to take the next step on this year’s venture.

Like a Boss chronicles friends Mia (Tiffany Haddish) and Mel (Rose Byrne) on their path to launching their own beauty company and keeping it afloat as they face financial struggles. The story highlights the importance of following your dreams and working together with the people who believe in you. Grab your best friends (or start a Watch Party) and get inspired together to crush career goals.

Watch: Like a Boss

If Your Resolution is About Finding or Bettering Yourself:

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New Year, new you, right? There’s no time like a fresh year to revamp your approach to life and how you are living it. Whether you are looking to define your purpose, prove you can accomplish a goal, live a healthier lifestyle, or focus on your wellness overall, this is the year for you.

Self-improvement can feel like a lofty goal and staying disciplined can be challenging. That’s why you need a New Year’s movie that will help you keep your head in the game even when the going gets tough.

The eighth movie from the Rocky film series, Creed II (2018), is the perfect action-packed emotional film to help you stay the course on achieving your New Year’s goal. The film follows Adonis “Donnie” Creed’s (Michael B. Jordan) journey to take on the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the Soviet boxer that killed his father Apollo in a boxing match years ago. Creed’s mentor, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), doesn’t want to train him but, after a difficult match against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), Balboa steps in.

The movie reminds us that any worthy goal will come with its share of challenges, but being strong in body and mind can help us reach new limits.

Watch: Creed II

Now if you are looking for a New Year’s movie that adds a comedic touch to your self-reflection, the Hulu Original Movie Palm Springs (2020) is the perfect choice.

This romantic comedy is about Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti), two wedding guests who get stuck in an infinite time loop. Together they have to rely on each other to truly experience every day and make the most of the cards they’re dealt.

Watch: Palm Springs


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