Funny People is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Judd Apatow, and starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann. The film was released on July 31, 2009 in North America, and on August 28, 2009 in the United Kingdom. Funny People uses considerably more dramatic elements than seen in Apatow's previous films. The film was co-produced by Apatow Productions and Mr. Madison 23 Productions, a subsidiary of Sandler's company Happy Madison. Universal and Columbia Pictures co-financed the film and the former also served as a worldwide distributor. The film received generally positive reviews, with praise for the performances of Sandler and Rogen, the script and directing, although criticism was directed towards the film's excessive runtime. The supporting cast features Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, Jonah Hill and Aubrey Plaza.