Maybe my expectations were too high, but the second HK was awful - pretty much every funny moment was cribbed straight from the first. NPH was the only segment where I really got laughing.
Other hand, I even think Jersey Girl is way, way short of the crapfest most people see in it. Sure, it's sentimental and treacly, but I think that's Smith as he ages. He was edgy when he was "young and edgy." Now he's a middle aged Dad from Jersey who makes sorta sappy movies and retreads his best stuff. For all that Clerks 2 is, like the HK sequel, basically a repeat of the first, it's about a million times funnier.
I listen to Smith's podcast with his producer, Scott Mosier, SModcast - it's sophomoric, politically inane, and usually the best laughs I get all week.
jersey girl isn't a good or successful film, but a worthwhile one regardless. that it rejects the standard romantic comedy structure
was noble enough, and there were some decent bits. it's a mess overall, but being the last of the bennifer films, it does enough right to not earn the hatred which it somehow inspired. clerks 2, i would almost say the same, but it is to clerks 1 what hk 1 was to hk 2. and it ended with a montage set to alanis morrisette. reason enough to loathe the film. it made me laugh, but it never made me like it.