I decided to scan in the article that I mentioned earlier so you can see for yourselves.
I think you guys are totally right that Napoleon Dynamite does have story, and (even deeper) that stories have meaning to my generation. Maybe it is, though, that we care less about the beginning, middle, and end; that we don’t need it to be neatly presented with perfect resolution. Maybe it is an acceptance of life and reality; maybe we want realism instead of escapism.
On the other hand, sometimes I think that we are jaded and cynical precisely because we desire to be taken up in a story that is of epic proportion – an adventure worth living for.