I watched Napoleon Dynamite again today, for only the second time. Honestly the first time I saw it I was a little dumbfounded that so many people liked the movie.
But the thing is, it is what it is. Like Lost In Translation (not that I'm suggesting the two movies are even remotely in the same league), it isn't necessary to have an elaborate plot of discreet actions. I think it's perfectly acceptable to write a script that conveys a set of feelings or gives you some feel for characters. There's a lot more risk involved to do a film where there isn't specific action, because I think people generally expect it.
The realization I have is that if I want to crank something out with a bunch of friends, I just need to write a series of scenes that have no point, but good dialog.