Charades (also known as Felons or First Degree) is a 1998 mystery/drama film. The film stars Erika Eleniak and C. Thomas Howell.
Barry is a down-and-out-guy who takes a job at the shipping department of Technoworks, a high-tech Yuppie company. He gets invited to the house of his boss Quinn, for a weekend afternoon barbecue with some of his boss's friends. The party gets weird, Barry plays a demented version of charades while standing on the picnic table, and the next door neighbor starts screaming racial slurs over the fence. When Jude, the widow of the ex-owner of Technoworks arrives, the plot thickens. Clues to past crimes are revealed, and the real reason for the party is discovered. But not before Barry beats the hell out of a tow-truck driver, screws the boss's wife and wreaks havok with the neighbor. And as the title suggests, before the day is over, we will discover who is the Felon, or perhaps the people at party are all, one way or another, Felons.
Barry (Jack Scalia) works at the shipping department of a high-tech company called Technoworks. One day, he is invited to a barbecue at his bosss house (Wilder). At the party, the guests play a demented version of charades. Other strange things happen: the next door neighbor (James Russo) screams racial slurs over the fence, and the widow of the ex-owner of Technoworks arrives. As a result, we learn of a kidnapping scheme gone awry, a fight ensues, and the pieces of the puzzle start to come together to reveal who kidnapped and killed the former Technoworks boss, and why was Barry was invited to the party.
Erika Eleniak as Monica
James Wilder as Quinn
C. Thomas Howell as Evan
Kimberley Kates as Laura
Jack Scalia as Barry
Karen Black as Jude
James Russo as Max Targenville
The film was first released to video on December 17, 1998 in Iceland. The next year, the film premiered at the Austin Film Festival. On 1999, it was released to video on Germany and Japan.