It's not that the movie went downhill, it's just that once again, Smith made the same movie as before. I like his movies very much but they tend to deal about the same things: nerds/geek sorting their lives out and entering adulthood. OK, Kev, we got it. I just hope that the main characters of Cop-Out are not old geeks sorting their lives out.
I don't mind directors exploring the same theme as long as the material works each time at bat. For me the first half hour of Zack and Miri
worked, but the gags built around them actually making the porno mostly missed the mark.
is the first Kevin Smith film where he's working from a script written by someone else, so it'll be interesting to see how it turns out.