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Finishing a movie as a kid usually meant walking away with a brand-new set of life goals. When you got older, you were going to get your Hogwarts letter. And you were going to find a passage to Narnia. And you were definitely finding yourself a gremlin (one of the cute, pre-evil ones).
But just because you've (mostly) given up on being transported to a magical world doesn't mean your entire childhood film-inspired to-do list is off the table. There are moments from your favorite throwback films that still look very appealing, and sort of attainable — the kind of '90s fantasies that involved fancy real estate and futuristic technology. Or the perfect pet, or most Instagram-worthy meal.
So, don't be afraid to let a holiday movie marathon with your little cousins inspire a few of your 2016 goals.
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Own an apartment large enough to fit a trampoline, like Josh has in Big (1988).
The most exciting element of fantasy in this movie is not a child magically becoming an adult overnight. It's someone immediately landing a well-paying job and an amazing apartment as soon as they get to NYC.
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Eat your very own cheese pizza alone — in a limo — like Kevin does in Home Alone 2 (1992).
This is not actually a dream that you couldn't make a reality as an adult. It's more like a recurring fantasy you have when you're crammed into a crowded subway car gnawing on a stale granola bar.
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Own Shadow from Homeward Bound (1993).
To be clear, I mean the actual, fictional, most courageous and loyal dog of all time.
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Have an in-home fast-food place like Richie has in Richie Rich (1994).
Because sometimes that Seamless order just doesn't come fast enough.
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Be propelled off the blob like the campers in Heavyweights (1995).
True, as an adult and reader of the internet, you have a larger store of horror stories about jumping into large bodies of water, but look at the air these guys get!