The film depicts Darin's rise to success in both the music and film industry during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as his marriage to Sandra Dee (Kate Bosworth).
This film features examples of:
- The Alcoholic: As success takes Bobby on the road and away from home, Sandra begins to drink heavily.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: Bobby discovers that his mother Nina is his grandmother and Polly, the woman he assumed was his older sister, was actually his biological mother.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Bobby's stage surname "Darin" was lifted from a flickering Chinese restaurant sign reading "MANDARIN" with the letters "MAN" not working.
- My Own Private "I Do": Bobby and Sandra decide on this, despite Sandra's mother's objections.