Lots of walk-on spots for people who won contests, waving signs.
So much randomness.
The writing... Not as good. Not as crisp. The directing wasn't as clean, and it showed in some not-as-effective scene changes and in a very weak closing scene. "Life Goes On" isn't a bad anticlimax, of course, but it's not very strong.
When you see it? Yes, the credits go on. You want to sit through them. Trust me.