He wanted to go a more sentimental direction with Jersey Girl (which I thought was a fairly decent Sunday afternoon type of movie) but after it got lambasted he bolted right back to the familiar. Only this time he couldn't help but infuse that same schmaltz into the View Askewniverse (I know, I hated typing it, too) and we end up with hacky shit like this in a Clerks sequel
Just sitting and silently reflecting on life, man. That's what fans want to see Dante and Randall doing!
He tried too hard to make it a "real" movie. The subplot with Dante and Rosario Dawson was just abysmal. Dante and Randall riffing on pop-culture bullshit while they endure their shitty jobs...that's all it had to be. And that wife of his is an even worse actress than his daughter is. Every scene she was in was downright painful.
Jay and Silent Bob could have been Cheech and Chong, he could have just done a whole series of movies where they get into all kinds of wacky adventures. But instead, he let Harold and fucking Kumar do it while he pretended to be a "filmmaker".