Review: Mr. Sunshine

The title Mr. Sunshine is meant to be just a little sarcastic. Matthew Perry plays Ben Donovan, a San Diego sportsarena manager who's harried, lonely, and a wise guy. He's the sort of person to whom other people have no trouble saying ''You only think about yourself.'' There's a reason the drawing of the sun that's used in the opening credits has a neutral slash for a mouth: A smile would be too sunny for this frequently sour sitcom.

Ben's boss, the owner of the Sunshine Center, is Crystal Cohen, played by Allison Janney, going for oblivious wackiness in a way that seems designed to make you forget she was ever the highly sensible C.J. Cregg on The West Wing. Impulsive (''I see on the schedule that John Cougar Mellencamp is playing here next Wednesday,'' she tells Ben. ''I'd very much like to make love to him''), pill-popping (''I'm crazy high right now''), and neglectful of her grown son (the puppydog- like Nate Torrence), Crystal is always on the verge of causing some public relations nightmare that Perry's Ben must forestall. Read More....,,20461224,00.html


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